Wendy Holdener celebrated her first career World Cup victory on Tuesday as she reigned supreme in the women’s parallel slalom city event in Stockholm, Sweden.
The Swiss – skiing in the red lane – upset the home crowd as she beat Frida Hansdotter in a thrilling final to an event that sees the top 12 slalom racers and the four best ranked skiers from the overall World Cup standings battle it out in a series of head-to-head races.
Despite losing the final Hansdotter has all but secured the slalom globe, holding a 139-point lead over Veronika Velez Zuzulova with two races remaining.
The Swedish contingent had to settle for second place in the men’s final also as Marcel Hirscher edged out Andre Myhrer by six hundredths of a second.
With the win Hirscher – in the blue lane – stretched his lead in the overall season standings to 173 points over Henrik Kristoffersen who was knocked out by Norwegian teammate Kjetil Jansrud in the first round.