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Alpine Ski-Shiffrin takes victory as her rival Vlhova stumbles in slalom

LEVI, Finland: Mikaela Shiffrin extended her record to 89 World Cup victories by winning the women’s slalom in Levi on Sunday after rival Petra Vlhova of Slovakia rode a gate in the second run.

The victory in Finnish Lapland also gave the American her 139th place on the podium. Swede Ingemar Stenmark holds the record for the most podiums with 155 in men’s events.

Vlhova had a lead of almost a second after the first run and continued to extend her advantage early in the second run until she rode a gate halfway around the course and failed to finish.

Shiffrin clocked one minute 51.68 seconds, 0.18 seconds ahead of Leona Popovic of Croatia. German Lena Duerr finished third, 0.30 seconds behind Shiffrin.

“I was kind of settled into second place,” Shiffrin said.

“Petra really did a masterclass in slalom skiing this weekend; in my mind, she deserved this win and I’m very lucky to have it.”

The men’s downhill from Zermatt-Cervinia, on the border between Switzerland and Italy, was canceled earlier on Sunday, for the second day in a row, due to heavy snow and winds.

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