Slovakian skier Petra Vlhova used a frenetic finish on her final run to win the last women's World Cup slalom of the season Saturday, while Mikaela Shiffrin placed third.
Vlhova trailed then-leader Leona Popovic by eight-hundredths of a second at the last split but gained time through the gates on the flat final sector to beat the Croatian prodigy by 0.43 seconds in Soldeu, Andorra.
Shiffrin trailed Vlhova by 0.83 for her 17th podium result from 30 starts this season. Shiffrin won six of the previous 10 slaloms this season and the American locked up the discipline title in January.
She has also secured her fifth overall and second giant slalom globe. "It's the sum of a lot of hard work and many amazing races and the work of the whole team," Shiffrin said in a post-race TV interview. "I'm very thankful and very proud." Shiffrin will be after her 14th win of the season and 88th in total in Sunday's giant slalom, the last race of the season, a week after setting the record for most career victories with 87.Read more on cbc.ca