The first Women’s World Cup slalom event of the season took place this past weekend in Levi, Finland on one of the toughest slalom courses on the circuit, Levi Black. The mountain combines a flat top section with a steep pitch, requiring skiers to adapt quickly.
Slovenian Tina Maze took the win posting a total time of 1:55.15, marking her fourth career World Cup slalom victory. Sweden’s Frida Hansdotter finished second, 0.34 seconds back and Austria’s Kathrin Zettel took third, 0.52 seconds out.
“It’s the best feeling in the world when you can have fun between the gates. It really helped to come to Levi a bit earlier as the conditions for training were great,” said Maze. “The training slope preparation, the winter temperatures and gym facilities here were ideal so I felt I was really able to prepare for the race.”
Olympic gold medalist and reigning World Cup champion, Mikaela Shiffrin, took a rather uncharacteristic conservative approach on Levi Black, finishing 1.71 seconds back on her first run and ultimately finishing 11 overall.
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“I’m pretty disappointed with my skiing today. I feel like I’ve been training much, much faster than the way I raced today, especially the first run,” said Shiffrin. “Second run felt a little better, but still not nearly what I’m capable of. But the fact is I came into this race thinking ‘I’m going to get another reindeer, and I’m skiing well in slalom.’ I took the competition for granted, and it’s a lesson to be learned for next time.”
The next Women’s World Cup slalom event is scheduled for November 29-30 in Aspen, Colorado. For the complete results from Levi, click here.