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Mikaela Shiffrin reasserts dominance with first slalom win in 13 months

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Mikaela Shiffrin claimed her first slalom win in 13 months on Tuesday under the lights in Flachau, Austria.

Racing in light snowfall, the American three-time overall champion started fast and won by 0.19sec seconds over Austria’s Katharina Liensberger.

Swiss Wendy Holdener, the only skier to have finished in the top three of all four slaloms so far this season came third. Slovakian Petra Vlhova, who unseated Shiffrin as the World Cup slalom champion last year, came in fourth.

Shiffrin held a 0.33 edge over Liensberger after a fast first run and let out a scream in the finish area, posting another strong result on the course, which is named after Austrian great Hermann Maier.

Racing in light snowfall, the American three-time overall champion started fast and won by 0.19sec seconds over Austria’s Katharina Liensberger.

The American has finished on the podium here all eight times the floodlit race has been held since 2013, including a record four wins.

With the result, Shiffrin earned her 100th career World Cup podium and became the eighth skier in the 54-year-long history of the World Cup to reach the milestone.

On the women’s side, only Lindsey Vonn (137), Annemarie Moser-Proell (114), Renate Goetschl (110) and Vreni Schneider (101) have more top-three finishes than Shiffrin.

Shiffrin has won a record 44 World Cup slaloms, but none since December 2019. She also led the slalom in Semmering after the first run before dropping to third.

The two-time Olympic gold medalist took a break from competition last year following the death of her father.

Tuesday’s race was the last slalom before the world championships in Italy in February.

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