JASNA, Slovakia (AP) – Mikaela ֆifrin had the fastest time in the Women’s World Cup giant slalom kicks off on Sunday, one day after winning the same hill slalom.
The American led Petra Vlhova with 0.16 seconds, followed by the incomplete Polish Merina Gasienica-Daniel, who was 0.44 behind in the third.
Shifrin’s teammate Nina O’Brien was fourth, and in the final she should have been 0.49.
Shifrin denied Vlhova’s home victory in the slalom of the week when he came back from defeating his Slovak rival in the final.
It was the 69th victory of the American in his career. In the 54-year history of the World Cup, only two skiers have reached the limit of 70 victories: Lindsay Vaughn and Ingemar Stenmark.
Marta Bassino, who has won four giant slaloms this season, will retain the title in a free race if the Italian finishes ahead of his only rival, Tessa Warley of France.
Basino was fifth after the start of the race, 0.84 behind Schiffrin, and Warley was eighth.
World champion Lara Gut-Behrami made a costly mistake at the beginning of her run, the Swiss skier went out of the pace 1.78.
Gut-Behrami led runner-up Vlhova with 107 points in the World Cup standings on Sunday.
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