First at the end of the first round of the slalom of the world championships, Katharina Liensberger confirmed during the second round. The Austrian won and won the third medal of her stay at Cortina d’Ampezzo. Petra Vlhova and Mikaela Shiffrin accompany him on the podium.
Katharina Liensberger had a perfect day this Saturday. In Cortina d’Ampezzo, the Austrian was crowned world slalom champion. With her bib number 1, she had achieved a benchmark time that lasted all morning during the first round. This afternoon, she closed the gate by setting once again the best time of the heat. The 23-year-old skier crossed the finish line by cutting off a second from Petra Vlhova’s time. The Slovak, at the top of the World Cup standings, was in ambush but failed to take advantage of it. She confirmed her morning performance by improving Mikaela Shiffrin’s time by 98 hundredths but it was not enough to compete with a Katharina Liensberger that nothing has stopped since the start of the world championships.
Two titles for Liensberger, five medals for Shiffrin
Since arriving in Italy, the Austrian has won three medals: bronze in the giant slalom, gold in parallel and now gold in the slalom. This Saturday, she put everyone in agreement. Even Mikaela Shiffrin who earned a fifth world medal in as many races since the start of the week has failed to compete with her. The American finished on the podium but almost two seconds behind the new world slalom champion. Wendy Holdener finished in fourth place just ahead of Andreja Slokar who made an incredible comeback in the standings. The Slovenian stayed in the lead for a long time and eventually came in fifth after rising twelve places. The only Frenchwoman entered in the second round, Nastasia Noens finished close to the top 10. Eleventh, she nevertheless reached the best ranking of her season.
ALPINE SKIING – WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS
Ladies’ slalom – Saturday February 20, 2021
1- Katharina Liensberger (AUT) in 1’39 ”50
2- Petra Vlhova (SVQ) at 1 ”
3- Mikaela Shiffrin (USA) at 1 ”98
4- Wendy Holdener (SUI) at 2 ”34
5- Andreja Slokar (SLO) at 2 ”67
6- Chiara Mair (SUI) at 2 ”75
7- Kristin Lysdahl (NOR) at 2 ”94
8- Camille Rast (SUI) at 3 ”09
9- Ana Bucik (SLO) at 3 ”39
10- Asa Ando (JAP) at 3 ”42
11- Nastasia Noens (FRA) at 3 ”55