Golden Fox Cup: Slovakia’S Vlhova wins slalom, Bucik fifth

Kranjska Gora – Petra Vlhova from Slovakia won the women’s Alpine Ski World Cup slalom event in Kranjska Gora on Sunday. Swiss Wendy Holdener, who was in the lead after the first run, was second, 0.23 seconds behind the winner. Anna Swenn Larsson from Sweden was third (+1.06 seconds). Slovenia’s Ana Bucik was fifth, in what is her best result in slalom so far.

Vlhova was faster in the second run, beating her main rival Holdener, who was 0.08 seconds ahead of her in the first run.

Swenn Larsson made it to the podium after finishing seventh in the first run.

Mikaela Shiffrin from the US, who tops the overall Word Cup rankings, hit a pole and finished the race, after being third in the first run.

The only Slovenian representative in the finals, Bucik gained three spots in the second run, finishing 1.65 seconds behind the winner, recording her second best result in World Cup so far and her best in slalom.

So far, her best result in slalom was sixth place in Jasna, Slovakia, in March 2021.

“I’m really happy. The first run was quite good … And in the second run I managed to add exactly what I wanted. I’m really happy; now all that’s missing in this season for me is a podium result,” the 28-year-old Bucik said.

Her only podium finish in World Cup was a third place in Alpine skiing in Lenzerheide, Switzerland, in January 2018.

Being in top form is also important for the Winter Olympics in China next month. “Definitely. I have been stressing since the start of the season I’m taking it one race at a time. The Olympic Games will be the peak and I hope I get there prepared.”

Vlhova is the overall winner of the Golden Fox Cup, Sara Hector from Sweden, who won the giant slalom race on Saturday is second, and Holdener is third. Bucik, who was 12th in giant slalom yesterday, is fourth overall.

Vlhova was also the overall winner of the Golden Fox Cup two years ago, when she also won in slalom but was second in giant slalom.

The next slalom event for women will be held in Schladming, Austria, on Tuesday.