Levi, Finland, looked like something out of a dream on Saturday for the first women’s World Cup slalom of the season. A cloudless blue sky was warmed by the glow of the sun, and frosted trees made fans and athletes wonder if they had walked into a Christmas card. To top it all off, Santa made an appearance at the bib draw the night before and the day’s winner walked away with a reindeer.

Unsurprisingly, Mikaela Shiffrin took the early lead, winning the first run by 0.72 seconds. In the second run, her competitors were able to close the gap, and she claimed victory by 0.67 seconds.

“I’m happy to be on this side of the day and know where I stand,” the American shared in the finish area. “I think these other girls, Wendy and Petra especially, are going to be really good competition this season, so I’m happy with where I’m at, but I’ve got to keep fighting.”

ALPINE SKIING - FIS WC LeviShiffrin announced at the award ceremony that she would name her new reindeer, Sven, after the character in the movie Frozen. Shiffrin has now won 21 career World Cup races and two reindeer. She has been victorious in the last nine slalom races in which she participated. If the American keeps up this streak, she could break Janica Kostelic’s winning streak between December 1999 and February 2001 when she won 10 consecutive races that she started in.

Last year’s slalom globe winner Frida Hansdotter found herself in the second-place position after first run – tied with Switzerland’s Wendy Holdener. In the end, Hansdotter was unable to find the finish line after hooking her tip on a gate second run, leaving Holdener free to take second place for the day.

“The last two years I hadn’t [had] a good start, ” shared the Swiss athlete. “I had always problems in the beginning, and I wanted to change it. It worked, and I’m really happy.”

Rounding out the podium was Petra Vlhova, the Slovakian skier who had a breakout season last year, and she was 0.75 seconds off of the winning pace.

Maren Skjoeld of Norway – who started outside of the seed with bib 31 – landed her first top-five World Cup finish, and also won the second run. She was last season’s Europa Cup slalom and overall champion. Switzerland’s 18-year-old rising junior Melanie Meillard, who won the Youth Olympic Games giant slalom last season, also produced an impressive performance by moving from bib 40 to sixth place.

In addition to Shiffrin, Americans Resi Stiegler and Lila Lapanja kicked out of the start gate. Stiegler managed to snag a 16th-place finish, while Lapanja struggled to find her rhythm above the Arctic Circle and did not qualify for a second run. Canada’s top finisher for the day was Marie-Michele Gagnon, who earned a 17th place, while teammate Erin Mielzynski cracked the top 30 in 23rd.

Action continues tomorrow with the men’s slalom at Levi starting at 10 a.m. CET.

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Top 10

  1. Mikaela Shiffrin (USA) – Atomic / Atomic / Atomic
  2. Wendy Holdener (SUI) – Head / Head / Head
  3. Petra Vlhova (SVK) – Rossignol / Rossignol / Rossignol
  4. Veronika Velez Zuzulova (SVK) – Salomon / Solomon / Solomon
  5. Maren Skjoeld (NOR) – Voelkl / Marker / Dalbello
  6. Melanie Meillard (SUI) – Rossignol / Rossignol / Rossignol
  7. Sarka Strachova (CZE) – Fischer / Fischer / Fischer
  8. Nina Loeseth (NOR) – Rossignol / Rossignol / Rossignol
  9. Michelle Gisin (SUI) – Rossignol / Rossignol / Rossignol
  10. Carmen Thalmann (AUT) – Head / Head / Head

Official Results

Rank Bib FIS Code Name Year Nation Run 1 Run 2 Total Time Diff. FIS Points
 1  7  6535237 SHIFFRIN Mikaela 1995 USA  56.09  56.62  1:52.71  0.00
 2  2  516280 HOLDENER Wendy 1993 SUI  56.81  56.57  1:53.38  +0.67  4.28
 3  4  705423 VLHOVA Petra 1995 SVK  56.98  56.48  1:53.46  +0.75  4.79
 4  3  705287 VELEZ ZUZULOVA Veronika 1984 SVK  57.42  56.89  1:54.31  +1.60  10.22
 5  31  425981 SKJOELD Maren 1993 NOR  58.07  56.45  1:54.52  +1.81  11.56
 6  40  516528 MEILLARD Melanie 1998 SUI  57.23  57.35  1:54.58  +1.87  11.95
 7  1  155415 STRACHOVA Sarka 1985 CZE  57.67  57.05  1:54.72  +2.01  12.84
 8  5  425771 LOESETH Nina 1989 NOR  57.72  57.15  1:54.87  +2.16  13.80
 9  9  516284 GISIN Michelle 1993 SUI  57.96  57.01  1:54.97  +2.26  14.44
 10  12  55977 THALMANN Carmen 1989 AUT  57.70  57.39  1:55.09  +2.38  15.20
 11  13  505760 PIETILAE-HOLMNER Maria 1986 SWE  57.82  57.30  1:55.12  +2.41  15.40
 12  21  206355 DUERR Lena 1991 GER  57.89  57.30  1:55.19  +2.48  15.84
 13  25  296259 MOELGG Manuela 1983 ITA  58.05  57.15  1:55.20  +2.49  15.91
 14  14  55759 KIRCHGASSER Michaela 1985 AUT  57.84  57.44  1:55.28  +2.57  16.42
 15  22  56315 TRUPPE Katharina 1996 AUT  58.63  56.76  1:55.39  +2.68  17.12
 16  10  537772 STIEGLER Resi 1985 USA  58.53  57.14  1:55.67  +2.96  18.91
 17  11  105269 GAGNON Marie-Michele 1989 CAN  58.14  57.65  1:55.79  +3.08  19.68
 18  27  565401 BUCIK Ana 1993 SLO  58.32  57.51  1:55.83  +3.12  19.93
 19  44  206536 WALLNER Marina 1994 GER  58.27  57.59  1:55.86  +3.15  20.12
 20  17  296509 CURTONI Irene 1985 ITA  58.17  57.70  1:55.87  +3.16  20.19
 21  26  515997 FEIERABEND Denise 1989 SUI  58.33  57.59  1:55.92  +3.21  20.51
 22  15  196726 BARTHET Anne-Sophie 1988 FRA  58.60  57.46  1:56.06  +3.35  21.40
 23  29  565320 FERK Marusa 1988 SLO  58.17  57.94  1:56.11  +3.40  21.72
 23  16  106961 MIELZYNSKI Erin 1990 CAN  58.79  57.32  1:56.11  +3.40  21.72
 25  51  516344 KOPP Rahel 1994 SUI  58.68  57.46  1:56.14  +3.43  21.91
 26  28  206487 WIESLER Maren 1993 GER  58.61  57.63  1:56.24  +3.53  22.55
 27  34  485637 ALOPINA Ksenia 1992 RUS  58.69  58.38  1:57.07  +4.36  27.85
 28  30  56367 GALLHUBER Katharina 1997 AUT  58.63  58.90  1:57.53  +4.82  30.79
Did not qualify for 2nd run
 62  185431 TOIVIAINEN Julia 1998 FIN
 58  185430 HONKANEN Riikka 1998 FIN
 57  665009 SHKANOVA Maria 1989 BLR
 56  385096 POPOVIC Leona 1997 CRO
 53  107613 GRENIER Valerie 1996 CAN
 50  555018 GASUNA Lelde 1990 LAT
 48  155728 DUBOVSKA Martina 1992 CZE
 47  196803 MOUGEL Laurie 1988 FRA
 46  56253 HUBER Katharina 1995 AUT
 45  516504 DANIOTH Aline 1998 SUI
 43  56217 BRUNNER Stephanie 1994 AUT
 42  315187 IGNJATOVIC Nevena 1990 SRB
 41  56174 HAASER Ricarda 1993 AUT
 37  107427 ST-GERMAIN Laurence 1994 CAN
 36  539927 LAPANJA Lila 1994 USA
 33  485802 TKACHENKO Ekaterina 1995 RUS
 32  206701 WILLIBALD Elisabeth 1996 GER
 24  56143 GRUENWALD Julia 1991 AUT
 20  206279 GEIGER Christina 1990 GER
 19  506341 WIKSTROEM Emelie 1992 SWE
 8  56032 SCHILD Bernadette 1990 AUT
Did not finish 2nd run
 18  506146 SWENN-LARSSON Anna 1991 SWE
 6  505679 HANSDOTTER Frida 1985 SWE
Did not finish 1st run
 66  185447 KORPIO Nella 1999 FIN
 65  185403 MAKINEN Janina 1996 FIN
 64  185354 HIRVONEN Roosa 1993 FIN
 63  185411 LUUKKO Nea 1996 FIN
 61  56241 SCHNEEBERGER Rosina 1994 AUT
 60  197616 ALPHAND Estelle 1995 FRA
 59  297851 AZZOLA Michela 1991 ITA
 55  299313 PERRUCHON Martina 1996 ITA
 54  565471 HROVAT Meta 1998 SLO
 52  155727 CAPOVA Gabriela 1993 CZE
 49  25096 GUTIERREZ Mireia 1988 AND
 39  197319 BAUD MUGNIER Adeline 1992 FRA
 38  206532 SCHMOTZ Marlene 1994 GER
 35  225525 TILLEY Alexandra 1993 GBR
 23  296354 COSTAZZA Chiara 1984 ITA
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