Petra Vlhova will go down in the history of alpine skiing as the first skier in Slovakia to win a giant slalom race in the World Cup. Vlhova's victory today at Semmering (Austria), a regular on the slalom podiums, is her first podium at Gigante and the first for a skier from Slovakia, male or female. Fans traveled from the outskirts of Bratislava to cheer on Vlhova.
Vlhova was remarkably excited after getting the victory in today's race, a triumph she achieved after having taken fourth place in the first heat. Meanwhile, Viktoria Rebensburg of Germany, finally managed to take second place on the podium after having achieved the 10th fastest time in the first round. Tessa Worley from France joined the trio to round out the podium in third place after winning four positions compared to the first heat.
First-tier leaders Mikaela Shiffrin, Stephanie Brunner and Ragnhild Mowinckel (separated by a mere 0.03 seconds after the first heat) had to settle for fifth, fourth and ninth places, respectively, after finishing the second. The Austrian team despite not occupying any of the places on the podium performed a magnificent test and the local public could see five athletes in the top 15.