Petra Vlhova Wins Giant Slalom in Jasna
Petra Vlhova had perhaps her sweetest victory of the season, winning today’s Giant Slalom on home snow in Jasna. She was clearly emotional after the race was over as she laid in the snow in disbelief after she secured the win.
In the overall standings, Vlhova closed the gap on leader Gut-Behrami to 36 points, with two slaloms in Sweden coming up on Friday and Saturday before the World Cup Finals in Lenzerheide.
"Everybody who watches our sport will know that in my last giant slalom races I was not in good shape, (...) I had a small crisis but I trained a lot, I came here to my home (event), I tried to release the power inside me, and this was my dream", Vlhova said.
In Lenzerheide Gut-Behrami will be fighting for the Downhill globe in addition to the Overall, while Vlhova will be in a battle for the Slalom globe and the Overall.
Alice Robinson of New Zealand climbed from the seventh position to finish runner-up, 0.16 off the lead.
Holding a slim lead after the opening run (0.16s), Mikaela Shiffrin made a number of small errors on her second run which saw her slip to third place, 0.37s behind the home favorite.
Marta Bassino, who finished today in 4th place, locked up the discipline title with only the season-ending Giant Slalom at the World Cup Finals in Switzerland remaining. Today's result gave Bassino a lead of 148 points over Tessa Worley. Bassino became the fourth Italian skier to win the Giant Slalom Crystal Globe, after Deborah Compagnoni did it in 1997, Denise Karbon in 2008, and Federica Brignone last season.