The winner of the World Cup in GS is the Slovak skier Petra Vlhová. Mikaela Shiffrin hence lost missed her first chance to win the small FIS World Cup Crystal Globe in this discipline.
The American skier was eventually third and before the final GS in Andorra she is 97 points ahead of her Slovakian rival. The German skier Viktoria Rebensburg finished second.
In a perfect athomsphere with sold out stands, Vlhová proved that she is in perfect shape, thanks to which se recently won the gold medal in GS at the World Cup in Aare. In the winter ski resort in the Giant mountains she already won in the first run and she defended her lead in the second round just with a difference of 0,11 seconds. Shiffrin lost 0,6 seconds.
In front of a lively sold-out crowd, Vlhová showed that she has maintained the outstanding form that enabled her to win Giant Slalom gold at the World Championships in Åre.
The american skier did not meet her own expectations in the 1st round – where she ended in 4th position. In the second round she could climb up by one position, but due to Vlhová´s win the American who is already a winner of the total World Cup general classification, did not have the chance to celebrate an other trophy.
Nonetheless, in the race for the small globe Shiffrin did get rid of an other competitor, as Tessa Worley, second so far, finished seventh and lost any chance for her triumph.