The Slovenia Times

Tina Maze Back on Top of World Cup Standings


Shiffrin entered today's race with a healthy 90-point lead, meaning she basically only needed to cross the finish line to grab the title. But Hansdotter put up a good fight as she led Shiffrin by 0.07 seconds after the first run and ended up finishing in second place in the race behind the American, only 0.05 seconds off the pace. It was Shiffrin's fifth slalom victory this season.

Shiffrin ended up winning the slalom globe by a 110-point margin ahead of Hansdotter, while Tina Maze (SLO) finished well behind the two-horse race ending 240 points behind in third place.

In the other major storyline of the weekend, Anna Fenninger (AUT) and Maze are still both in the hunt for the Overall Title. Fenninger entered the race with a 32-point lead against Maze, but the tables have turned after today's slalom as Maze holds a very precarious 18-point lead after finishing in fourth place vs. Fenninger's 23rd.

Fenninger is not a traditional slalom skier as her last appearance in the event was in 2011, but with points at a premium, the Austrian took the chance to race today. Tomorrow should be a different story as Fenninger and Maze quite evenly matched in the giant slalom, with Fenninger being the defending champion in the event. They will duke it out in the grand finale race tomorrow to see who wins the Overall Title.

Today was the first time all week that clouds rolled into Meribel. The cloud cover provided some relief for the softening course conditions, but temperatures were still in the double digits still making it far-from-easy for the racers, especially in the second run.

The Audi FIS World Cup 2014/15 season will come to a close tomorrow when the men race the slalom, while the ladies' wrap-up their season with a giant slalom in Meribel (FRA).


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