Mikaela Shiffrin set the fastest time in the first round of the Semmering slalom, two hundredths ahead of Michelle Gisin, while Petra Vlhova could not do better than sixth. The two French women in contention will not participate in the second round.
Victorious in the first two slaloms of the season, in Levi, Petra Vlhova will struggle to sign the pass of three. The Slovakian finished sixth in the first round of the slalom in Semmering, Austria, 89 hundredths behind winner Mikaela Shiffrin.
The American, looking for a first slalom victory in a year to the day, has won this round, but she is only two hundredths ahead of Switzerland’s Michelle Gisin, which promises a rich second round. in suspense. In third place, we find the Austrian Katharina Liensberger, 32 hundredths behind. All the other skiers are beyond half a second, so with a Petra Vlhova who will have to whip during the second round (which will start at 6.30pm) if she wants to get on the podium.
A second round that the two French women in contention, Nastasia Noens and Doriane Escane, who finished more than three and a half seconds behind Shiffrin, will not see. Parties with big bibs (22 and 47), they certainly benefited from better light (the best had to ski with “white days”), but from a damaged slope. We should find them this Sunday for the Zagreb slalom.
WORLD CUP (W) / SEMMERING SLALOM (AUSTRIA)
Ranking of the 1st round – Tuesday 29 December 2020
1- Mikaela Shiffrin (USA) in 51 ″ 09
2- Michelle Gisin (SUI) at 0 ″ 02
3- Katharina Liensberger (AUT) at 0 ″ 32
4- Katharina Truppe (AUT) at 0 ″ 53
5- Wendy Holdener (SUI) at 0 ″ 69
6- Petra Vlhova (SLQ) at 0 ″ 89
7- Franziska Gritsch (AUT) at 1 ″ 36
8- Lena Duerr (ALL) at 1 ″ 57
9- Erin Mielzynski (CAN) at 1 ″ 60
10- Chiara Mair (AUT) at 1 ″ 65
Not qualified for the second round: Nastasia Noens (FRA), Doriane Escane (FRA), Mina Fuerst Holtmann (NOR), Bernadette Lorenz (AUT)…
Let’s give up: Meta Hrovat (SLO), Ali Nullmeyer (CAN), Marina Wallner (ALL), Marta Bassino (ITA)…