Mikaela Shiffrin dominates in World Cup slalom win

Mikaela Shiffrin posts her fourth World Cup slalom victory of the season

American Mikaela Shiffrin won her fourth World Cup slalom race of the season on Saturday, beating Slovakia's Veronika Velez Zuzulova by 1.41 seconds in Are, Sweden.

Sarka Strachova of the Czech Republic was third, 2.15 back.

Shiffrin, who was in the lead after the first run, lost some time on the top of the hill but recovered in the bottom half to clock the fastest time in the second leg as well.

The result means Shiffrin extended her lead over Sweden's Frida Hansdotter in the overall slalom standings to 90 points with one race remaining. Hansdotter was sixth in Are, 2.54 behind Shiffrin.


Alexis Pinturault of France won a World Cup giant slalom in Kranjska Gora, Slovenia, while Marcel Hirscher of Austria came second to take the season's discipline title with a race to spare.

Pinturault extended his first-run lead to finish in a total time of 2 minutes, 19.78 seconds, 0.68 ahead of Hirscher. It was the Frenchman's ninth career win but first in GS since February 2013.

Pinturault's compatriot Thomas Fanara came 0.94 back in third, while fourth-place Ted Ligety of the United States trailed by 1.88.

With only next week's season-ending race in Meribel remaining, Hirscher holds an insurmountable 185-point lead over Pinturault in the GS rankings. Hirscher also tops the overall standings.

Copyright © 2016, Los Angeles Times