An extra shift that paid off
Tina Maze wins the Slalom at the Ofterschwanger Horn, Wendy Holdener places second and World Champion Mikaela Shiffrin finishes in third place
Tina Maze changed skis right after the Giant Slalom on Saturday, skipped the press conference in order to clock in an additional slalom training. And it paid off: At springlike temperatures, 7,200 spectators watched the Slovenian racer clinch the victory in the World Cup Slalom at the Ofterschwanger Horn. With an overall time of 1:52.85 minutes, Maze defeated Swiss Wendy Holdener who finished 0.25 seconds behind (1:53.10 minutes). American Mikaela Shiffrin (1:53.60) came in third with 0.75 seconds off the pace. The 17-year-old Slalom World Champion had been leading the standings in Ofterschwang after the first run.
Thanks to Maze's 10th victory in this season, the race for the little crystal globe will remain thrilling right up to the World Cup finals in Lenzerheide (Switzerland). Maze, who has already secured the Overall World Cup victory, is now also leading in the Slalom standings. With the last and deciding race of the season scheduled for next week, she is seven points ahead of Shiffrin.
For the 19-year-old Wendy Holdener, it was the first podium in a World Cup race. And she also put an end to the Swiss team's lasting dry spell: The last fellow countrywoman to make a podium in a World Cup Slalom was Sonja Nef ten years ago, in 2003.
The best German racer was Lena Dürr who placed 22nd (1:56.65 minutes). Local hero Christina Geiger from Oberstdorf DNFed in the second run. But she wasn't the only unlucky soul today: As much as seven racers in the second run didn't make it to the finish line. Among them was Erin Mielzynski, last year's Slalom winner at Ofterschwang.