The season’s final slalom race saw another extra-terrestrial performance by Mikaela Shiffrin, the ski prodigy who turned 23 earlier this week. She had already secured the slalom World Cup globe as well as her second consecutive overall World Cup title before the race.
Leading after the first run, Shiffrin won the race by 1.58 seconds. It was her 7th slalom win this season. Switzerland’s Wendy Holdener improved from 3rd in the first run to finish 2nd which also meant that she finished second in the season slalom rankings. Behind Holdener, who totalled 705 points, it was a tight race between the slalom Olympic champion Frida Hansdotter of Sweden and Petra Vhlova of Slovakia for the third slalom rank. Eventually it was Hansdotter’s third place finish on Saturday that secured her the place on the season podium with 681 points against Vhlova’s 679.
Åre is special to Mikaela as she took her career’s first World Cup win here, in December 2012. Another 42 have now followed as the young star continues to set records on a weekly basis.
The home course in Åre has also been good for Frida Hansdotter who scored her 4th podium here, boding well for the World Championships next year. It was Frida’s 8th back-to-back slalom podium, including her gold medal performance at the PyeongChang 2018 Games. The good Swedish team effort resulted in a 9th place finish for Anna Swenn Larsson and a 13th place for Estelle Alphand.
Don’t miss out! Download the Åre 2019 app from Google Play or App Store to keep track of everything that’s going on at the Audi FIS Ski World Cup Finals and for the FIS Alpine World Ski Championships in 2019. And don’t miss tonight’s festivities at Åre torg – see program below.
Saturday, March 17
17.30 Åre 2019 Soup tasting and autograph signing
18.30 Bib Draw Slalom men, Official Award Ceremony Slalom ladies
Sunday, March 18
9.45 Giant Slalom Ladies (1st run)
10.45 Slalom Men (1st run)
12.30 Giant Slalom Ladies (2nd run)
13.30 Slalom Men (2nd run)