Shiffrin 2nd behind Vlhova in opening run of comeback race

Petra Vlhova built a slim first-run lead over Mikaela Shiffrin on Saturday in a women’s World Cup slalom that was the American’s first race in nearly 10 months. Vlhova, the World Cup slalom champion from Slovakia, trailed Shiffrin by 0.13 at the first split but was ahead of the American at all following check points before finishing 0.15 ahead. Shiffrin hadn’t competed since January, as her previous season ended prematurely following the death of her father, Jeff Shiffrin, and the cancellation of the season-ending races amid the coronavirus outbreak, while she sat out the first race of the new season in Austria in October with a back injury.

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