Sweden’s Frida Hansdotter held her nerve to clinch a World Cup race in heavy snow in Slovenia on Sunday, her maiden win after eight second place finishes.
The 28-year-old was made to battle hard throughout the event and trailed American teen Mikaela Shiffrin by 0.31 seconds before stepping it up a gear in the second run, eventually winning through in a combined time of 1 minute, 50.17 seconds.
Shiffrin saw her 144-point lead over Hansdotter in the slalom standings reduced to 80 while Austria’s Marlies Schild is currently lying in third place.
The Olympic Champion looked in great shape and just missed out on top spot by the narrowest of margins, giving her a major boost ahead of the Winter Games which get underway in Sochi on February 7th.
Marlies sister Bernadette Schild kept her composure to complete the podium while defending overall champion Tina Maze endured a disappointing day as she failed to finish her second run in front of her home crowd.