Historically, Austria has been good to Frida Hansdotter. The Swede has earned three of her four World Cup wins in the ski-obsessed country including her 2015 victory in Lienz. While this year at Lienz was not quite as successful, the slalom star managed to earn her first World Cup podium result of the season, coming in third place behind Switzerland’s Wendy Holdener in second place and the U.S. Ski Team’s Mikaela Shiffrin in first place.

“I’m satisfied,” the Swede said of her slalom result. “The first two races was okay for me. I mean I had fast parts, but I haven’t really get it together, so it was really nice to be on the podium today.”

Up until Thursday, Hansdotter’s best result of the 2017-18 season was a fourth-place finish in Levi, Finland. Earning her 27th World Cup podium was an important milestone as the calendar flips to 2018 and the Olympic Winter Games loom in the near future. The Swede has never earned an Olympic medal, though she came close in 2014 with a fifth-place finish in the Sochi slalom. That’s not to say Hansdotter can not perform at big moments. She has earned a medal in slalom at the last three World Championships, one silver and two bronze. Shiffrin won the World Championship title each of those years and has been notoriously hard to beat.  

“We’ve been trying a couple of years now to stop her, but I mean she’s skiing fantastic,” Hansdotter said. “I mean it’s impressive to see, but we just have to keep on fighting. Like the second run, we were there almost, so it’s still a lot of things to do, but it’s just to keep on going, I think.”

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The Swede was 1.22 seconds behind Shiffrin, who took her 36th career victory and added 100 points to her lead in the World Cup overall standings. This was Shiffrin’s third consecutive victory after taking back-to-back wins in Courchevel last week. The American has now won in four different disciplines this season–slalom, giant slalom, downhill, and parallel slalom.

“There were some spots where it really felt like I was going forward really well, and then, for sure, some big mistakes and spots where I was taking it easier,” Shiffrin said of the challenging second run. “I wanted to make sure I got to the finish, but I tried to do it fast and I’m excited.”

Lienz is a special venue for Shiffrin since this was where she earned her first World Cup podium in 2011.

“It’s incredible to race here,” the American recalled. “I always remember the crowd, the fans being so incredible, and it’s just such a nice hill as well. They did a really great job preparing it after the rain and the snowfall. It was not easy, but it was a pleasure to ski.”

Meanwhile, Holdener continues to hunt for a victory. No other woman has claimed more than eight World Cup slalom podium finishes in this discipline without winning once. The Swiss athlete has won two World Cup races previously: the 2016 city event in Stockholm, Sweden, and the 2016 alpine combined in Lenzerheide, Switzerland. She is also the reigning World Champion in alpine combined

Perhaps the most stunning performance of the day came from Estelle Alphand of Sweden. The former French skier started bib 35 and ended the day tied for fifth place with Slovakia’s Petra Vlhova. She skied the fastest on the second run, beating Shiffrin’s second-run time by more than a second, and was the only athlete to ski the course in under 52 seconds. It seems that Alphand’s change in national team has had a positive impact on her skiing as this is her first top 10 World Cup result.

As for the American squad, World Cup veteran Resi Stiegler grabbed a few more World Cup points in 25th place, 3.46 seconds away from the win. Young gun Nina O’Brien did not finish the first run while Patricia Mangan did not qualify for a second run.

Women’s racing action continues on Friday with a giant slalom while the men race alpine combined in Bormio, Italy.


Top 10

1. Mikaela Shiffrin (USA) – Atomic/Atomic/Atomic
2. Wendy Holdener (SUI) –  Head/Head/Head
3. Frida Hansdotter (SWE) – Rossignol/Rossignol/Look
4. Bernadette Schild (AUT) – Head/Head/Head
5. Estelle Alphand (SWE) – Rossignol / Look / Lange
5. Petra Vlhova (SVK) – Rossignol/Rossignol/Look
7. Katharina Gallhuber (AUT) – Atomic/Atomic/Atomic
8. Christina Geiger (GER) – Rossignol/Rossignol/Look
9. Melanie Meillard (SUI) – Rossignol/Rossignol/Look
9. Denise Feieraband (SUI) – Head/Head/Head


Official Results

Rank Bib FIS Code Name Year Nation Run 1 Run 2 Total Time Diff. FIS Points WC Points
 1  2  6535237 SHIFFRIN Mikaela 1995 USA  51.03  52.84  1:43.87  0.00  100
 2  6  516280 HOLDENER Wendy 1993 SUI  52.31  52.45  1:44.76  +0.89  6.17  80
 3  3  505679 HANSDOTTER Frida 1985 SWE  52.17  52.92  1:45.09  +1.22  8.46  60
 4  1  56032 SCHILD Bernadette 1990 AUT  52.73  52.91  1:45.64  +1.77  12.27  50
 5  35  197616 ALPHAND Estelle 1995 SWE  53.99  51.70  1:45.69  +1.82  12.62  45
 5  4  705423 VLHOVA Petra 1995 SVK  52.61  53.08  1:45.69  +1.82  12.62  45
 7  23  56367 GALLHUBER Katharina 1997 AUT  53.21  52.67  1:45.88  +2.01  13.93  36
 8  10  206279 GEIGER Christina 1990 GER  53.08  53.00  1:46.08  +2.21  15.32  32
 9  13  516528 MEILLARD Melanie 1998 SUI  52.74  53.44  1:46.18  +2.31  16.01  29
 9  12  515997 FEIERABEND Denise 1989 SUI  53.24  52.94  1:46.18  +2.31  16.01  29
 11  5  425771 HAVER-LOESETH Nina 1989 NOR  53.11  53.11  1:46.22  +2.35  16.29  24
 12  11  206355 DUERR Lena 1991 GER  53.53  52.83  1:46.36  +2.49  17.26  22
 13  9  516284 GISIN Michelle 1993 SUI  53.72  52.66  1:46.38  +2.51  17.40  20
 14  26  56217 BRUNNER Stephanie 1994 AUT  53.71  52.78  1:46.49  +2.62  18.16  18
 15  17  296509 CURTONI Irene 1985 ITA  53.57  52.93  1:46.50  +2.63  18.23  16
 16  28  206487 WIESLER Maren 1993 GER  54.17  52.35  1:46.52  +2.65  18.37  15
 17  24  197319 BAUD MUGNIER Adeline 1992 FRA  54.01  52.57  1:46.58  +2.71  18.79  14
 17  16  56315 TRUPPE Katharina 1996 AUT  54.35  52.23  1:46.58  +2.71  18.79  14
 19  48  516504 DANIOTH Aline 1998 SUI  54.34  52.33  1:46.67  +2.80  19.41  12
 20  19  206536 WALLNER Marina 1994 GER  53.12  53.57  1:46.69  +2.82  19.55  11
 21  27  296259 MOELGG Manuela 1983 ITA  53.74  53.00  1:46.74  +2.87  19.89  10
 22  21  506146 SWENN LARSSON Anna 1991 SWE  53.51  53.25  1:46.76  +2.89  20.03  9
 23  34  56388 LIENSBERGER Katharina 1997 AUT  53.30  53.49  1:46.79  +2.92  20.24  8
 24  31  315187 IGNJATOVIC Nevena 1990 SRB  54.26  53.03  1:47.29  +3.42  23.71  7
 25  18  537772 STIEGLER Resi 1985 USA  53.77  53.56  1:47.33  +3.46  23.98  6
 26  37  107583 REMME Roni 1996 CAN  53.69  54.18  1:47.87  +4.00  27.73  5
 27  20  55977 THALMANN Carmen 1989 AUT  54.32  53.83  1:48.15  +4.28  29.67  4
Did not finish 2nd run
 22  106961 MIELZYNSKI Erin 1990 CAN  53.93  0
 15  296354 COSTAZZA Chiara 1984 ITA  52.85  0
Did not start 2nd run
 7  506341 WIKSTROEM Emelie 1992 SWE  54.23  0
Did not qualify for 2nd run
 71  175050 BERTHELSEN Nuunu Chemnitz 1996 DEN  1:03.12  0
 66  107747 SMART Amelia 1998 CAN  56.69  0
 65  6535765 MANGAN Patricia 1997 USA  57.11  0
 64  385096 POPOVIC Leona 1997 CRO  56.66  0
 61  426187 LYSDAHL Kristin 1996 NOR  56.53  0
 60  565471 HROVAT Meta 1998 SLO  56.82  0
 59  405138 JELINKOVA Adriana 1995 NED  56.61  0
 58  298723 MIDALI Roberta 1994 ITA  57.12  0
 57  425921 HAUGEN Kristine Gjelsten 1992 NOR  56.43  0
 55  516437 BISSIG Carole 1996 SUI  54.40  0
 54  665009 SHKANOVA Maria 1989 BLR  56.02  0
 53  426100 HOLTMANN Mina Fuerst 1995 NOR  54.60  0
 52  56392 GRITSCH Franziska 1997 AUT  54.87  0
 47  506664 FJAELLSTROEM Magdalena 1995 SWE  55.24  0
 46  25096 GUTIERREZ Mireia 1988 AND  56.20  0
 43  56253 HUBER Katharina 1995 AUT  54.71  0
 42  56333 MAIR Chiara 1996 AUT  55.29  0
 41  107427 ST-GERMAIN Laurence 1994 CAN  55.32  0
 40  56174 HAASER Ricarda 1993 AUT  54.60  0
 39  355061 HILZINGER Jessica 1997 GER  55.43  0
 38  485637 ALOPINA Ksenia 1992 RUS  55.75  0
 36  155728 DUBOVSKA Martina 1992 CZE  54.68  0
 33  485802 TKACHENKO Ekaterina 1995 RUS  56.08  0
 32  506348 STAALNACKE Ylva 1992 SWE  54.71  0
 30  196726 BARTHET Anne-Sophie 1988 FRA  55.40  0
 25  565320 FERK Marusa 1988 SLO  54.40  0
 14  425981 SKJOELD Maren 1993 NOR  54.78  0
Did not finish 1st run
 72  785007 JANUSKEVICIUTE Ieva 1994 LTU  0
 70  715171 MUZAFERIJA Elvedina 1999 BIH  0
 69  435334 GASIENICA-DANIEL Maryna 1994 POL  0
 68  705394 KANTOROVA Barbara 1992 SVK  0
 67  155699 PAULATHOVA Katerina 1993 CZE  0
 63  6535773 O BRIEN Nina 1997 USA  0
 62  197540 FORNI Josephine 1994 FRA  0
 56  206497 FILSER Andrea 1993 GER  0
 51  297851 AZZOLA Michela 1991 ITA  0
 50  155727 CAPOVA Gabriela 1993 CZE  0
 49  565403 LIVK Klara 1994 SLO  0
 45  225525 TILLEY Alex 1993 GBR  0
 29  196806 NOENS Nastasia 1988 FRA  0
 8  565401 BUCIK Ana 1993 SLO  0
Did not start 1st run
 44  506399 HECTOR Sara 1992 SWE  0
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