Tina Maze won the first slalom of the season at the Women’s World Cup in Finland on Saturday (November 15).
The Slovenian headed north to Levi earlier than most; a decision she said helped her performance.
“It really helped me to come to Levi a bit earlier as the conditions for training were great. The training slope preparation, the winter temperatures and gym facilities here were ideal so I felt I was really able to prepare for the race”, she explained.
The win represents Maze’s fourth career victory in the slalom.
She glided down the course in an overall time of 1 minute 55.15.
Swede Frida Hansdotter came in second after two strong runs. She maintained her position after the first run to take her tenth career second place in the discipline.
Speaking after the competition, Hansdotter said she was aiming for the top spot by the end of the season.
“I hope I can aim at the slalom title, it’s certainly one of my goals to go home at the end of the season with the crystal globe,” she said.
Kathrin Zettel celebrated her twelfth day back on slalom skis with a third place finish.
The Swede underwent hip surgery earlier in 2014. A fall after she crossed the finish line probably didn’t leave her surgeon feeling best-pleased, though.
The surprise of the day, though, was Mikaela Shiffrin. The American started the season with a victory in Soeldon, but had disappointing runs on Saturday and could only finish in 11th place.
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