Petra Vlhova is again heading in the right direction to turn out to be the primary Slovakian to win snowboarding’s general World Cup title.
Vlhova defended her first-run benefit in a slalom on Friday in Are, Sweden, to say her twentieth profession victory. She moved 64 factors forward of Swiss rival Lara Intestine-Behrami — who doesn’t race slaloms — within the general standings.
Vlhova completed 0.20 seconds forward of just lately topped world champion Katharina Liensberger and 0.64 forward of Mikaela Shiffrin.
Vlhova held her arms out large and spun round within the end space to have fun.
Laurence St-Germain completed 2.5 seconds behind the winner in eleventh, whereas fellow Canadian Ali Nullmeyer was twelfth and a couple of.63 again.
For Nullmeyer the outcome proves that the work she’s been placing in since coming back from damage final yr is working.
Laurence, who will race within the World Cup finals subsequent week, is feeling good and is aware of she has extra within the tank.
“I’m fairly pleased with immediately, I am a bit bummed as a result of I had a mistake [on my] second run however I am pleased with eleventh. I had a superb mindset all through the day so I simply wish to deliver that to tomorrow’s race,” stated Laurence.
“The spotlight of the day is Ali’s second run. It was nice to see her within the top-15. She’s been quick in coaching so it was only a matter of time earlier than she pulled off a outcome like this.”
Shiffrin, who stood second after the opening run, pulled off a serious restoration after an enormous mistake in her second journey down.
Jeff Lackie, Shiffrin’s coach, set the second run, however that did not assist the American when she misplaced management on the higher portion of the course.
The race was held underneath the lights at nightfall.
Vlhova additionally added to her lead within the slalom standings, the place she now leads Shiffrin by 85 factors and Liensberger by 90 factors.
Wendy Holdener and Lena Duerr completed fourth and fifth, respectively.
One other slalom is scheduled for Saturday in Are. Then the finals begin in Lenzerheide, Switzerland, on Wednesday.