The 3rd race of the season for women will take place at Killington, where we saw ladies compete in Giant Slalom on 24th of November. This will be the 2nd Slalom event of the season after the first one took place in Levi, where Mikaela Shiffrin won her first race of the season.
As mentioned in the previous slalom event, it was Mikaela Shiffrin who won. In the second place, we saw Petra Vlhova (+0.58) and Bernadette Schild at 3rd (+0.79). Frida Hansdotter missed the podium by only +0.02s, whereas Wendy Holdener, last years runner-up in slalom finished 5th +0.85s behind Mikaela.
As for the recent Giant Slalom race in Killington, which took place on the 24th, it was Federica Brignone who celebrated her first win of the season after finishing 2nd in Sölden. Ragnhild Mowinckel finished 2nd, +0.49 behind the Italian athlete, which marked her 4th podium finish in her career. It was an excellent performance from this Norwegian athlete who ended 18th in last years Giant Slalom standings. Third place belonged to Stephanie Brunner which saw her finishing on the podium for the first time in her career.
Mikaela Shiffrin won the first Slalom event of the season in Levi, which marked her 33 World Cup win in Slalom and 3rd slalom race win in a row. Out of her last 9 Slalom events, Mikaela won 8 Slalom events with the only exception being in Lenzerheide, where she did not finish the 2nd run. She is currently the best women athlete when it comes to slalom races. In her last 30 World Cup (slalom) appearances, she won 24 times, finished 2nd twice, finished 3rd twice and did not finish the race on 2 occasions. Both of the previous 2 slalom races in Killington were won by Mikaela Shiffrin, which means she can win here for the 3rd time in a row on 25th of November and I wouldn’t be surprised if she does so. As of now, she has a total of 44 World Cup wins in all events, which puts up at the 5th place of all-time most World Cup wins.
With a total domination of Mikaela Shiffrin in last season’s slalom races, Petra Vlhova was the only other athlete who won a slalom race. She managed to do so in Levi and Lenzerheide, where Mikaela Shiffrin did not finish her 2nd run. In the last slalom event in Levi, Vlhova finished 2nd, +0.58s behind Shiffrin. As of now, she is tied with Veronika Velez-Zuzulova as the best Slovakian slalom racer (4 wins). Looking at how she performed here last year, she finished 2nd, behind Mikaela Shiffrin (+1.64). In the upcoming race, we expect her to finish in the top 3, but her beating Mikaela Shiffrin is not likely to happen. Shiffrin is just too good in slalom for any other athlete to be considered a huge threat to her. Still, Petra Vlhova is more than capable of making Shiffrin work hard for her win.
Frida Hansdotter has a total of 4 World Cup slalom wins in her career, however, she has not won a slalom race since January 2017 in Flachau. Last season she finished 3rd in slalom standings, 299 points behind Mikaela Shiffrin. She, however, won a gold medal at the Olympic games in slalom, ahead of Wendy Holdener and Katharina Glauber. With 32 World Cup podium finishes in slalom, she is ranked 9th in all-time among woman in slalom podium finishes. With her 32 years and 347 days of age, she can become the oldest woman to win a slalom World Cup race, just like she could have done in the previous race, but failed to do so by +0.81s.
Wendy Holdener has finished on the podium 17 times in the World Cup slalom races but did not win a race yet. With that she is only 1 podium finish shy of reaching a record of the most podium finishes in a World Cup event without a win, which is held by Hubert Strolz (18). Switzerland is still waiting for a World Cup slalom win. The last time a Swiss woman won a World Cup slalom race was in 2002 (Marlies Öster), which means Switzerland has not seen a slalom win for 147 races!
|Market||Prediction||Pinnacle Odds||Bet 365 Odds||Stake||Won / Lost|
|Podium Finish||Petra Vlhova||/||1.83||2 Units||Won|
|H2H (Petra Vlhova v Frida Hansdotter)||Petra Vlhova||1.806||1.66||2 Units||Won|