Petra Vlhova won her fifth straight World Cup slalom, while Mikaela Shiffrin‘s streak of 17 straight World Cup slalom podiums ended in Levi, Finland, on Sunday.
Vlhova, the world giant slalom champion from Slovakia, notched her second victory in as many days.
She prevailed by .31 of a second, combining times from two runs. Swiss Michelle Gisin was second, followed by Austrian Katharina Liensberger and Swiss Wendy Holdener.
Shiffrin, racing this weekend for the first time in 300 days, had the fourth-fastest opening run and the ninth-fastest second run to finish fifth overall, .93 behind Vlhova. Shiffrin’s personal-record streak ends of 17 straight World Cup slalom podiums — dating to March 2018.
U.S. Ski & Snowboard said Shiffrin was feeling “a bit lethargic” coming off Saturday’s race, when she placed second in her first start since her father’s death in February.
“She is still trying to figure out how to manage her energy levels,” according to U.S. Ski & Snowboard.
Shiffrin and Vlhova combined to win the last 28 World Cup slaloms dating to January 2017 — 19 for Shiffrin and nine for Vlhova.
Vlhova’s current win streak has coincided with the first time Shiffrin has gone four straight World Cup slalom starts without a victory since 2012, before she grabbed her first of 66 wins at age 17.
The World Cup moves to Austria for women’s and men’s parallel races on Thursday and Friday.
Shiffrin’s coach, Mike Day, said last week that it was unlikely that she would compete in the parallel event as she ramps up training following a back injury earlier this fall.
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