Petra Vlhova Claims Victory in Lech Zürs Parallel
Under the lights in Lech Zürs tonight, Petra Vlhova topped surprise finalist Paula Moltzan in the Big Final. For Vlhova is her third World Cup race in six days. She was on the podium in all four races of the season, after finished third in the season-opening Giant Slalom in October. With today's victory, Petra Vlhova extended her lead in the overall standings, having scored 360 points out of the 400 available until now.
“I was all the time focused on each run. I didn’t think too much ahead, (...) Every run was like a final. The girls are really fast. But I am here and I won. It’s something amazing for me”, Vlhova said.
"It looks easier than it is (..)I worked hard for it in the summer and without my team, I wouldn't ski the way I'm doing right now".
Paula Moltzan skied very consistently throughout the whole evening, eliminating Marta Bassino on her way to the big final. It's the first podium in the World Cup for the American after she earned her first top 10 in Sölden. In the big final, Moltzan crashed and skied out in the last section of the course.
Lara Gut topped Sara Hector of Sweden in the Small Final. Hector missed the final by only 0.01 sec.
The Swiss star showed incredible form, scoring the fastest time in the qualifications this morning. She only surrendered to Paula Moltzan in the semi-final.