Frida Hansdotter has a record number of second-place finishes, 15 to be exact. But on Tuesday night under the lights in Flachau, Austria, the Swede took the fourth World Cup win of her career, wearing bib six. She finished with a combined time of 1:51.40.

Hansdotter was dominant, in part, thanks to her first run, where she led by 0.95 seconds ahead of Switzerland’s Wendy Holdener. The course, which was set by U.S. Ski Team coach Jeff Lackie, was particularly turny.

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“I’m better when it’s a little bit straighter because I get more speed in, but I for sure saw it in inspection that you really need to work it every gate, so that was my only goal, so maybe that’s the secret,” the slalom star said after her first run.

FLACHAU, AUSTRIA - JANUARY 10: Nina Loeseth of Norway takes 2nd place, Frida Hansdotter of Sweden takes 1st place, Mikaela Shiffrin of USA takes 3rd place, Wendy Holdener of Switzerland takes 3rd place during the Audi FIS Alpine Ski World Cup Women's Slalom on January 10, 2017 in Flachau, Austria (Photo by Christophe Pallot/Agence Zoom)

After skiing the first-run course set by her coach, Mikaela Shiffrin found herself in fifth position, 1.38 seconds off of the Swede’s pace. The American was able to regain some time with a ripping second run, coming down with a combined time of 1:52.18. She ended the day in third place, 0.78 seconds behind Hansdotter’s winning pace and tied with Holdener.

“It felt a lot better the second run,” Shiffrin said. “For sure, I was disappointed with my first run, but to be honest, I try to learn from it. I really, really enjoyed watching Frida ski today. It was incredible, and it looked like she had fun and I’m really happy for her.”

Hansdotter, who has been on the podium in the last six slalom races in Flachau, loves the night slalom ambiance.

“It’s the night atmosphere,” she shared. “I think night slalom is so fun, and the crowd, you can see it from the start. It’s so much fun for racing.”

It didn’t hurt that she was wearing her lucky number, one that has stuck with her since played soccer as a kid and the same number she was wearing when she won at the venue in 2015.

Between the Swede and the American was Norwegian tech skier Nina Loeseth, earning her sixth career World Cup podium and her first since she earned second place in the giant slalom at Killington earlier this season.

“I kind of thought, ‘It’s all or nothing. It’s kill or be killed here,’ because it was a pretty easy course, and I felt pretty strong,” said the Attacking Viking. “It was pretty intimidating, the strong girls that were starting behind me or before me in the second run, so that’s why I probably was super excited when I saw that green light.”

Holdener, who tied with Shiffrin for third place, has been a regular on the slalom podium this season, earning either second or third place in all, but one slalom when she DNFed.

It’s really exciting because a lot of girls can stand on the podium, and it makes it hard for us because you have to push and go to see the green light in the finish,” she said. 

The Swiss skier continued to say that she knows still has her best skiing to show fans and competitors and hopes to show it off in the coming weeks.

FLACHAU,AUSTRIA,10.JAN.17 - ALPINE SKIING - FIS World Cup, night event, slalom, ladies. Image shows Resi Stiegler (USA). Photo: GEPA pictures/ Christian Walgram

Aside from Shiffrin, Resi Stiegler was the only other American to qualify for a second run, ending the night in 15th place. Lila Lapanja and Megan McJames did not qualify for a second run while Keely Cashman, who made her World Cup debut, did not finish first run.

In the overall standings, Shiffrin has surpassed the 1,000 point threshold, currently boasting 1008 points. Switzerland’s Lara Gut, who did not finish the first run of the slalom, has 643 points and sits in second place. The American also continues to lead in the slalom standings with 560 points with Slovakian Veronika Velez Zuzulova 125 points behind her.


Top 10

1. Frida Hansdotter (SWE) – Rossignol / Rossignol / Rossignol
2. Nina Loeseth (NOR) – Rossignol / Rossignol / Rossignol
3. Mikaela Shiffrin (USA) – Atomic / Atomic / Atomic
3. Wendy Holdener (SUI) – Head / Head / Head
5. Veronika Velez Zuzulova (SVK) – Salomon / Salomon / Salomon
6. Katharina Truppe (AUT) – Fischer / Fischer / Fischer
7. Bernadette Schild (AUT) – Head / Head / Head
8. Christina Geiger (GER) – Rossignol / Rossignol / Rossignol
9. Emelie Wikstroem (SWE) – Voelkl / Marker / Dalbello
10. Sarka Strachova (CZE) – Fischer / Fischer / Fischer


Official Results

RankBibFIS CodeNameYearNationRun 1Run 2Total TimeDiff.FIS PointsWC Points
 1 6 505679HANSDOTTER Frida1985SWE 56.91 54.49 1:51.40 0.00 100.00
 2 2 425771LOESETH Nina1989NOR 57.99 53.99 1:51.98 +0.58 3.75 80.00
 3 7 6535237SHIFFRIN Mikaela1995USA 58.29 53.89 1:52.18 +0.78 5.04 60.00
 3 3 516280HOLDENER Wendy1993SUI 57.86 54.32 1:52.18 +0.78 5.04 60.00
 5 5 705287VELEZ ZUZULOVA Veronika1984SVK 58.06 55.13 1:53.19 +1.79 11.57 45.00
 6 19 56315TRUPPE Katharina1996AUT 58.54 54.88 1:53.42 +2.02 13.06 40.00
 7 10 56032SCHILD Bernadette1990AUT 58.39 55.28 1:53.67 +2.27 14.67 36.00
 8 23 206279GEIGER Christina1990GER 59.36 54.70 1:54.06 +2.66 17.19 32.00
 9 21 506341WIKSTROEM Emelie1992SWE 59.04 55.09 1:54.13 +2.73 17.64 29.00
 10 4 155415STRACHOVA Sarka1985CZE 58.84 55.33 1:54.17 +2.77 17.90 26.00
 11 20 565401BUCIK Ana1993SLO 58.82 55.40 1:54.22 +2.82 18.23 24.00
 12 17 296354COSTAZZA Chiara1984ITA 59.36 54.88 1:54.24 +2.84 18.36 22.00
 13 24 516528MEILLARD Melanie1998SUI 59.16 55.25 1:54.41 +3.01 19.45 20.00
 14 14 206355DUERR Lena1991GER 59.16 55.41 1:54.57 +3.17 20.49 18.00
 15 9 537772STIEGLER Resi1985USA 59.70 55.08 1:54.78 +3.38 21.85 16.00
 16 27 296259MOELGG Manuela1983ITA 59.73 55.11 1:54.84 +3.44 22.23 15.00
 17 12 516284GISIN Michelle1993SUI 59.10 55.81 1:54.91 +3.51 22.69 14.00
 18 30 56143GRUENWALD Julia1991AUT 59.82 55.21 1:55.03 +3.63 23.46 13.00
 19 33 56367GALLHUBER Katharina1997AUT 59.51 55.53 1:55.04 +3.64 23.53 12.00
 20 31 206487WIESLER Maren1993GER 1:00.10 55.05 1:55.15 +3.75 24.24 11.00
 21 26 515997FEIERABEND Denise1989SUI 59.57 55.63 1:55.20 +3.80 24.56 10.00
 22 18 106961MIELZYNSKI Erin1990CAN 1:00.18 55.10 1:55.28 +3.88 25.08 9.00
 23 46 206536WALLNER Marina1994GER 1:00.74 54.59 1:55.33 +3.93 25.40 8.00
 24 45 315187IGNJATOVIC Nevena1990SRB 59.81 55.65 1:55.46 +4.06 26.24 7.00
 25 11 196806NOENS Nastasia1988FRA 59.67 55.81 1:55.48 +4.08 26.37 6.00
 26 50 425921HAUGEN Kristine Gjelsten1992NOR 1:00.71 55.17 1:55.88 +4.48 28.96 5.00
 27 40 206532SCHMOTZ Marlene1994GER 1:00.65 56.28 1:56.93 +5.53 35.74 4.00
 28 35 485802TKACHENKO Ekaterina1995RUS 1:00.04 57.31 1:57.35 +5.95 38.46 3.00
 29 28 565320FERK Marusa1988SLO 1:00.29 58.25 1:58.54 +7.14 46.15 2.00
Did not start 1st run
 16 55759KIRCHGASSER Michaela1985AUT
Did not qualify for 2nd run
 74 435404KRAJEWSKA Daria1998POL
 72 95050KIRKOVA Maria1986BUL
 70 516334CHABLE Charlotte1994SUI
 69 405138JELINKOVA Adriana1995NED
 67 538284MCJAMES Megan1987USA
 66 197540FORNI Josephine1994FRA
 65 299313PERRUCHON Martina1996ITA
 62 425879RIIS-JOHANNESSEN Kristina1991NOR
 58 25096GUTIERREZ Mireia1988AND
 57 225518GUEST Charlotte1993GBR
 56 56388LIENSBERGER Katharina1997AUT
 55 355061HILZINGER Jessica1997GER
 53 196803MOUGEL Laurie1988FRA
 52 56333MAIR Chiara1996AUT
 49 506348STAALNACKE Ylva1992SWE
 44 506664FJAELLSTROEM Magdalena1995SWE
 43 307493ANDO Asa1996JPN
 41 506399HECTOR Sara1992SWE
 39 539927LAPANJA Lila1994USA
 37 485637ALOPINA Ksenia1992RUS
 36 306249HASEGAWA Emi1986JPN
 34 206701WILLIBALD Elisabeth1996GER
Did not finish 2nd run
 13 296509CURTONI Irene1985ITA
Did not finish 1st run
 75 35079SIMARI BIRKNER Maria Belen1982ARG
 73 6536213CASHMAN Keely1999USA
 71 35089SIMARI BIRKNER Macarena1984ARG
 68 665009SHKANOVA Maria1989BLR
 64 565471HROVAT Meta1998SLO
 63 107613GRENIER Valerie1996CAN
 61 206408WEINBUCHNER Susanne1991GER
 60 516344KOPP Rahel1994SUI
 59 555018GASUNA Lelde1990LAT
 54 155728DUBOVSKA Martina1992CZE
 51 56253HUBER Katharina1995AUT
 48 307120ARAI Makiko1993JPN
 47 56217BRUNNER Stephanie1994AUT
 42 56174HAASER Ricarda1993AUT
 38 225525TILLEY Alexandra1993GBR
 32 516138GUT Lara1991SUI
 29 506146SWENN-LARSSON Anna1991SWE
 25 197319BAUD MUGNIER Adeline1992FRA
 22 196726BARTHET Anne-Sophie1988FRA
 15 105269GAGNON Marie-Michele1989CAN
 8 425981SKJOELD Maren1993NOR
 1 705423VLHOVA Petra1995SVK