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Dominant Vlhova snaps Shiffrin’s winning slalom streak

Shiffrin had won the previous six World Cup slaloms dating back to February.
Credit: AP Photo/Giovanni Auletta
Slovakia's Petra Vlhova celebrates on podium after winning an alpine ski, women's World Cup slalom in Zagreb, Croatia, Saturday, Jan. 4, 2020. At left is runner-up United States' Mikaela Shiffrin.

ZAGREB, Croatia — Mikaela Shiffrin's winning streak in slaloms had lasted for almost a year but it was ended Saturday by Petra Vlhova in the first women’s World Cup race of 2020.

Building on a big lead of more than one second from the first leg in Zagreb Vlhova was also the fastest in the final run. She extended her advantage over the American three-time overall champion to 1.32 seconds.

Austria’s Katharina Liensberger trailed by a massive 3.49 seconds in third while Wendy Holdener of Switzerland took fourth spot.