Shiffrin and Vlhova split giant slalom win at Golden Fox
Maribor, 1 February - The Alpine Ski World Cup overall leader Mikaela Shiffrin of the US and Petra Vlhova of Slovakia split the win at the giant slalom part of the Golden Fox event in Maribor on Friday as they finished the two runs with the same total time.
The 23-year-old American was almost half a second ahead of the Slovakian after the first run, but made some mistakes in the second to squander the advantage, with both finishing in 2:31.31.
Third place went to Ragnhild Mowinckel of Norway, who finished 0.93 seconds behind the winners.
With another victory Shiffrin has increased her win total to twelve to remain in play for beating the absolute record in wins in a single season.
She is on pace to beat Vreni Schneider of Switzerland, who won a record 14 events in the 1988-89 season.
Shiffrin defended her win in last year's giant slalom event of the Golden Fox, which was hosted by the Kranjska Gora ski resort, and has the chance of repeating her double win from 2018 as she will also appear in Saturday's slalom.
The only Slovenians to make it to the second run were Meta Hrovat, who finished eighth (+2.39), and the best Slovenian skier, the downhill specialist Ilka Štuhec, who was 20th (+3.75).