FLACHAU,AUSTRIA,15.JAN.16 - ALPINE SKIING - FIS World Cup, ladies, slalom, nightrace. Image shows the rejoicing of Veronika Velez Zuzulova (SVK). Photo: GEPA pictures/ Thomas Bachun
FLACHAU,AUSTRIA,15.JAN.16 - ALPINE SKIING - FIS World Cup, ladies, slalom, nightrace. Image shows the rejoicing of Veronika Velez Zuzulova (SVK). Photo: GEPA pictures/ Thomas Bachun

In the start gate of second run this evening, snow was falling hard and Veronika Velez Zuzulova sat 0.17 seconds off of first-run leader, Nastasia Noens of France. Zuzulova knew she could win on the hill since she had accomplished it three days prior. But could she pull it off two races in a row under the lights?

Through the finish line, her time flashed in green and Zuzulova’s reaction was unmistakable. With Noens unable to maintain her lead, the Slovakian snagged her second slalom win of the week in Flachau, Austria, calling it “amazing.”

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“For the first one, I had to wait a long time,” she said, referring to the three-year hiatus between victories. “For the second one, two days. But now I am happy that there is a short break because this is the kind of stuff I am not living every day. It cost me a lot of energy. A lot of emotions. So, it will be nice that I can go home (for a) little bit and take in new energy for the next race.”

FLACHAU,AUSTRIA,15.JAN.16 - ALPINE SKIING - FIS World Cup, ladies, slalom, nightrace. Image shows Petra Vlhova (SVK). Photo: GEPA pictures/ Thomas BachunSince Tuesday’s race, snow conditions improved thanks to colder weather, allowing the track to firm up. This created the opportunity for a little history to be made: two Slovakians on the World Cup podium. Petra Vlhova skied a smoking second run to land in third for the evening – an improvement over her sixth-place finish earlier in the week – and take her third trip to the podium this season

“Yeah, for sure, that we are making history from the beginning of the season, it’s not just today … it’s amazing,” Zuzulova said. “The people from Slovakian TV they just told us we are beating even ice hockey. The people are watching in Slovakia. It’s really something amazing because the ice hockey is the sport number one in Slovakia, and now it’s maybe skiing.”

Between the two was this season’s Queen of Consistency, Frida Hansdotter of Sweden, coming in second place. She continues to lead the slalom standings – 85 points ahead of Zuzulova – after finishing on the podium in six of the seven slalom races this season. The Hermann Maier World Cup track also seems to suit Hansdotter, who has been on the podium at all of the last four World Cup slalom races at the venue.

FLACHAU,AUSTRIA,15.JAN.16 - ALPINE SKIING - FIS World Cup, ladies, slalom, nightrace, award ceremony. Image shows Frida Hansdotter (SWE). Photo: GEPA pictures/ Harald Steiner“Yes, I really like this,” the Swede said, who now holds the record for most podium finishes by a woman in Flachau. “I actually think night events (are) so fun. It’s such a nice atmosphere, and it’s so fun to race when you see all the people down here cheering for you. So I love this race.”

While the top three celebrated their victories, two Austrians also had some big jumps to celebrate. Julia Gruenwald, bib 38, skied to 10th place, and her teammate, Katharina Gallhuber, bib 47, finished in 11th – both career best results. 

The Americans failed to carry their momentum from Tuesday night into Friday’s race, with only Resi Stiegler earning a second run. She finished  in 28th place. Her coach, however, made some history of her own. Karin Harjo, formerly of the USSA Western Region staff before joining the national team, is believed to be the first woman ever to set a World Cup slalom course as per existing records.

The technical skiers get one day off before competition continues with giant slalom at Flachau this Sunday. First run starts at 9:15 a.m. local time.

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The Scoop
By Hank McKee

  1. Velez-Zuzulova, Salomon/Salomon/Salomon
  2. Hansdotter, Rossignol/Rossignol/Rossignol
  3. Vlhova, Rossignol/Rossignol/Rossignol
  4. Noens, Salomon/Salomon/Salomon
  5. Strachova, Fischer/Fischer/Fischer
  6. Holdener, Head/Head/Head
  7. Loeseth, Volkl/Lange/Marker
  8. Gisin, Rossignol/Rossignol/Rossignol
  9. Thalmann, Head/Head/Head
  10. Gruenwald, Atomic/Atomic/Atomic
  • Women’s World Cup slalom, Flachau, Austria, Jan. 15, 2016. … It is a make-up race rescheduled from Ofterschwang, Germany, where it had been set for Jan. 17. … It is the 19th of 41 races on the women’s World Cup schedule … the seventh of 10 scheduled slaloms.
  • It is the fourth career World Cup win, and second consecutive, for Veronika Velez-Zuzulova.
  • It is the 21st career World Cup podium for Frida Hansdotter … her sixth of the season, all in slalom.
  • It is the third career World Cup podium for Petra Vlhova. … all of them this season and all in slalom. … It is the first double podium World Cup finish for Slovakia.
  • Erin Mielzynski matches her third best career finish at Flachau. … It is her third best of four finishes this season. … It is the fourth best finish of the season for Marie-Michele Gagnon. … It is the seventh score in seven slaloms this season for Resi Stiegler.
  • Lara Gut (did not race) holds the lead of the Women’s World Cup overall standings 738-700 over Lindsey Vonn (did not race). … Frida Hansdotter is third oerall with 661pts.
  • Hansdotter leads the slalom standings 505-420 over Velez-Zuzulova. … Sarka Strachova (fifth in race) is third with 396pts. … Mikaela Shiffrin (did not race) is eighth with 200pts.
  • Austria leads the women’s Nations Cup standings 2384-1842 over Switzerland. … Italy is third at 1693pts. … The U.S. is fourth with 1461pts and Canada tenth with 567pts.

Official Results

RankBibFIS CodeNameYearNationRun 1Run 2Total TimeDiff.FIS Points
 1 4 705287VELEZ ZUZULOVA Veronika1984SVK 55.68 54.31 1:49.99 0.00
 2 6 505679HANSDOTTER Frida1985SWE 55.71 54.48 1:50.19 +0.20 1.31
 3 7 705423VLHOVA Petra1995SVK 56.10 54.42 1:50.52 +0.53 3.47
 4 15 196806NOENS Nastasia1988FRA 55.51 55.20 1:50.71 +0.72 4.71
 5 2 155415STRACHOVA Sarka1985CZE 55.93 54.79 1:50.72 +0.73 4.78
 6 1 516280HOLDENER Wendy1993SUI 56.18 54.74 1:50.92 +0.93 6.09
 7 3 425771LOESETH Nina1989NOR 56.40 55.16 1:51.56 +1.57 10.28
 8 8 516284GISIN Michelle1993SUI 56.17 55.43 1:51.60 +1.61 10.54
 9 11 55977THALMANN Carmen1989AUT 56.12 55.76 1:51.88 +1.89 12.37
 10 38 56143GRUENWALD Julia1991AUT 57.53 54.39 1:51.92 +1.93 12.63
 11 47 56367GALLHUBER Katharina1997AUT 57.36 54.87 1:52.23 +2.24 14.66
 12 10 106961MIELZYNSKI Erin1990CAN 57.37 54.88 1:52.25 +2.26 14.79
 13 9 105269GAGNON Marie-Michele1989CAN 56.94 55.40 1:52.34 +2.35 15.38
 14 13 55759KIRCHGASSER Michaela1985AUT 56.73 55.78 1:52.51 +2.52 16.50
 15 41 206701WILLIBALD Elisabeth1996GER 57.71 54.93 1:52.64 +2.65 17.35
 16 20 296354COSTAZZA Chiara1984ITA 56.97 55.82 1:52.79 +2.80 18.33
 17 17 196726BARTHET Anne-Sophie1988FRA 57.75 55.17 1:52.92 +2.93 19.18
 18 19 296509CURTONI Irene1985ITA 56.63 56.30 1:52.93 +2.94 19.25
 19 27 206279GEIGER Christina1990GER 57.17 55.79 1:52.96 +2.97 19.44
 20 5 505760PIETILAE-HOLMNER Maria1986SWE 57.12 55.90 1:53.02 +3.03 19.83
 21 22 206355DUERR Lena1991GER 57.45 55.72 1:53.17 +3.18 20.82
 22 21 56032SCHILD Bernadette1990AUT 57.65 55.61 1:53.26 +3.27 21.41
 23 29 515997FEIERABEND Denise1989SUI 58.11 55.19 1:53.30 +3.31 21.67
 24 40 56126ZELLER Lisa-Maria1992AUT 57.94 55.42 1:53.36 +3.37 22.06
 25 25 56315TRUPPE Katharina1996AUT 58.12 55.27 1:53.39 +3.40 22.26
 26 16 55898BREM Eva-Maria1988AUT 57.79 55.69 1:53.48 +3.49 22.85
 27 23 296259MOELGG Manuela1983ITA 57.60 55.91 1:53.51 +3.52 23.04
 28 14 537772STIEGLER Resi1985USA 57.96 55.59 1:53.55 +3.56 23.30
 29 46 206408WEINBUCHNER Susanne1991GER 58.01 56.38 1:54.39 +4.40 28.80
Did not qualify for 2nd run
 70 95050KIRKOVA Maria1986BUL
 69 665009SHKANOVA Maria1989BLR
 68 355055BUEHLER Rebecca1992LIE
 67 155727CAPOVA Gabriela1993CZE
 64 385092KOMSIC Andrea1996CRO
 63 516528MEILLARD Melanie1998SUI
 62 425981SKJOELD Maren1993NOR
 60 565320FERK Marusa1988SLO
 59 56217BRUNNER Stephanie1994AUT
 58 705394KANTOROVA Barbara1992SVK
 57 56388LIENSBERGER Katharina1997AUT
 56 25096GUTIERREZ Mireia1988AND
 55 315187IGNJATOVIC Nevena1990SRB
 54 298723MIDALI Roberta1994ITA
 53 205239WIRTH Barbara1989GER
 51 516265GMUER Chiara1993SUI
 50 516344KOPP Rahel1994SUI
 45 565401BUCIK Ana1993SLO
 44 485637ALOPINA Ksenia1992RUS
 43 506583SAEFVENBERG Charlotta1994SWE
 42 155728DUBOVSKA Martina1992CZE
 39 56174HAASER Ricarda1993AUT
 37 539927LAPANJA Lila1994USA
 36 196725BARIOZ Taina1988FRA
 35 107427ST-GERMAIN Laurence1994CAN
 34 305944KIYOSAWA Emiko1983JPN
 33 565331LAVTAR Katarina1988SLO
 32 539909MOLTZAN Paula1994USA
 31 306249HASEGAWA Emi1986JPN
 30 197319BAUD MUGNIER Adeline1992FRA
 28 196803MOUGEL Laurie1988FRA
 24 206487WIESLER Maren1993GER
Did not finish 2nd run
 26 516334CHABLE Charlotte1994SUI
Did not finish 1st run
 66 565403LIVK Klara1994SLO
 65 506421WESTMAN Hanna1993SWE
 61 197616ALPHAND Estelle1995FRA
 52 298124AGNELLI Nicole1992ITA
 49 225525TILLEY Alexandra1993GBR
 48 56253HUBER Katharina1995AUT
 18 506341WIKSTROEM Emelie1992SWE
 12 506146SWENN-LARSSON Anna1991SWE