Norway's Svindal Wins Lauberhorn DH; Slovakian Takes Ladies Slalom As Shiffrin Rehabs
Norway’s Aksel Svindal won the classic Lauberhorn downhill at Wengen, Switzerland Saturday with Hannes Richest of Austria second in 1:48.98 and fellow countryman Klaus Kroell third in 1:58.31. The crowd expected at the race was nearly 30,000.
Top Americans were Steven Nyman in 16th and Andrew Weibrecht in 21st.
The alpine women were racing in Flachau, Austria. Second after the opening run, Veronika Velez Zuzulova of Slovakia gave it her all and cruised to a second consecutive slalom victory this week. She was the fastest of the second run to finish in an aggregate time of 1:49.99 ahead of Sweden's Frida Hasdotter (+0.20) and her team-mate Petra Vlhova (+0.53).
Before this successful week, Velez Zuzulova last topped the podium in January 2013. The 31-year-old admitted she was happy she didn't have to wait another three years.
Meanwhile, back home in Vail, American star Mikaela Shiffrin continues to recover from a knee injury before the holidays.
“I feel great and am getting stronger every day,” Shiffrin wrote on her Facebook page. “I’m quite motivated watching the races from my couch.” There is no word on her return to snow but she is working out steadily.
Sunday’s schedule calls for a mens slalom and women’s Giant Slalom. Lindsey Vonn will take aim at the top spot in the overall standings.
Photo: U.S. star slalom specialist Mikaela Shiffrin is rehabbing her knee at home in Vail (Mikaela Shiffrin/Facebook)