After 13 podium finishes in 10 years of world cup skiing Veronika Velez Zuzulova finally etched her name on the winners list when she won a slalom race in Semmering Austria to hand Slovakia their first ever victory in a women’s world cup event.
The 28-year-old was second after the first run and maintained her pace in the second leg to clock a combined winning time of one minute 37.28 seconds.
In second place just one tenths of a second behind was Austrian Kathrin Zettel much to the delight of the home crowd.
Zettel, winner of a slalom in Colorado last month, is now fifth in the discipline standings and third in overall world cup title race.
This season’s form skier Tina Maze was fastest in the first run therefore set off last in the second.
But the Slovenian overall world cup leader skied a little too conservatively in the floodlit second leg leaving her in third place for her 11th podium placing of the season and leaving Velez Zuzulova to celebrate her maiden world cup triumph.