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Shiffrin 5th in moto 1, chasing Vaughn’s win record

KRANSKA MOUNTAINMichaela Shiffrin She has a lot of work to do in her second giant slalom run if she’s going to equal Lindsey Vonn’s Women’s Ski World Cup record with her 82nd win.

Shiffrin finished fifth after her first run, 0.31 seconds behind surprise leader Valerie Grenier of Canada on Saturday.

Shiffrin has won five races in a row in three disciplines – super-G, giant slalom and slalom – but in the first stage he had problems with the open course.

Reigning world champion Lara Goout-Behrami came in second, 0.04 behind Grenier, while prominent Italians Federica Brignone and Marta Bassino came in third and fourth, 0.16 and 0.24 behind respectively.

Petra Vlhova, another top skier in the GS, was sixth, only 0.05 seconds behind Shiffrin.

Grenier’s best results in her 89 previous World Cup races were fourth in this race last year and fourth in the Super G in Cortina d’Ampezzo, Italy in 2019.

If Shiffrin does take the lead in the second run, she could pass Vaughn in another giant slalom at the same course scheduled for Sunday.

With seven wins already this season, Shiffrin is also fast approaching Ingemar Stenmark’s overall record of 86 wins for both men and women.

Vonn retired four years ago when injuries ended her quest for the Stenmark record.

While there were almost no American fans at Podkoren 3 near the Italian border, there were many spectators waving Slovenian and Slovak flags.

There was fog at the top, but the rest of the way the visibility improved and the snow conditions were decent.

Nina O’Brien, another US rider, fell halfway but was not seriously injured.

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