Maria Pietilä Holmner of Sweden won the ladies’ World Cup slalom in Aspen on Sunday. The 2007 World Championships’ silver medalist led after the first run, and smoked the field on her second run too. Holmner earns her first World Cup victory in convincing fashion with 0.68 seconds seperating her and Germany’s Maria Riesch. Riesch the current World Cup leader will undoubtedly be Lindsey Vonn’s main rival for the overall title and she continues to put pressure on Vonn, but we’ve yet to get into the speed races.
Tanja Poutiainen of Finland, sporting 10 World Cup wins, rounded out the podium in third.
After skiing out on her first run yesterday, Vonn took a tactical approach to her first run. With Maria Riesch scoring a ninth place finish in giant slalom Saturday and widening her early season overall lead, it was imperative that Vonn not get slapped with another DNF. The conservative approach was ditched during Vonn’s second run, and the defending champ finished an impressive 8th. This early in the season points are what Vonn needs, and points are what she achieved.
Resi Stiegler was the only other American to earn a second run, and the Jackson Hole native finished 25th.