Petra Vlhová

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Petra Vlhová
Alpine skier
Second place, Petra Vlhova.jpg
Vlhová in January 2018
DisciplinesSlalom, Giant slalom, Combined
ClubVojenské športové centrum Dukla Banská Bystrica
Born (1995-06-13) 13 June 1995 (age 23)
Liptovský Mikuláš,
Slovakia
Height1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)
World Cup debut29 December 2012 (age 17)
Websitepetravlhova.sk
Olympics
Teams2 – (2014, 2018)
Medals0
World Championships
Teams4 – (20132019)
Medals4 (1 gold)
World Cup
Seasons7 – (20132019)
Wins8 – (5 SL, 2 GS, 1 PSL)
Podiums22 – (15 SL, 2 GS, 4 PSL, 1 AC)
Overall titles0 – (5th in 2018)
Discipline titles0 – (4th in SL, 2018)

Petra Vlhová (born 13 June 1995) is a Slovak World Cup alpine ski racer who specialises in the technical events of slalom and giant slalom.

Background and early years[edit]

Born in Liptovský Mikuláš, Vlhová won a gold medal in 2012 Winter Youth Olympics and represented Slovakia in the 2014 Winter Olympics.[1] She also won gold in the slalom at the Junior World Championships in 2014 in Jasná, Slovakia.[2]

World Cup[edit]

She made her World Cup debut at age 17 in December 2012 and her first World Cup podium came three years later, a victory in slalom in December 2015 at Åre, Sweden.[3] On 17 January 2016, for the first time she entered second run in giant slalom in Flachau and finished 14th.[4]

2019 season[edit]

In December 2018, Vlhová scored the first World Cup giant slalom win for Slovakia in a race in Semmering, Austria – she was in fourth place after the first run, but set the second fastest time on the second run for the victory: her previous best GS result had been seventh.[5] A few days later she won a parallel slalom at the foot of the Holmenkollbakken in Oslo, the sixth win of her career, setting a new record for the most World Cup wins by a Slovak alpine skier, eclipsing Veronika Velez-Zuzulová.[6]

In January 2019, having finished as runner-up to Mikaela Shiffrin in the first five classic slaloms of the World Cup season, Vlhová defeated Shiffrin in a slalom in Flachau, setting the fastest time on the second run to take the win after placing third in the first run, and taking the winner's €70,000 prize, the biggest women's prize purse of the World Cup season. The race was her fifth win in classic slalom, putting her one ahead of Velez-Zuzulová in terms of wins in the discipline.[7]

At the Alpine World Ski Championships in February 2019, Vlhová took a complete set of medals. She claimed the first individual medal for a Slovak skier - a silver in the combined - after being edged out by Wendy Holdener by three hundredths of a second.[8] She then won the first gold medal for Slovakia in the giant slalom,[9] before taking the bronze in the slalom.[10]

World Cup results[edit]

Season standings[edit]

Season
Age Overall Slalom Giant
Slalom
Super G Downhill Combined
2013 17 91 42
2014 18
2015 19 81 34
2016 20 24 6 40
2017 21 10 5 11
2018 22 5 4 13 7
2019 23 2 2 3
Standings through 2 February 2019
Petra Vlhová in Hammarbybacken World Cup 2018
Petra Vlhová in Hammarbybacken World Cup 2018
Petra Vlhová in Hammarbybacken World Cup 2018
Petra Vlhová in Hammarbybacken World Cup 2018

Race podiums[edit]

Season
Date Location Discipline Place
2016 13 December 2015 Sweden Åre, Sweden Slalom 1st
29 December 2015 Austria Lienz, Austria Slalom 3rd
15 January 2016 Austria Flachau, Austria Slalom 3rd
2017 12 November 2016 Finland Levi, Finland Slalom 3rd
3 January 2017 Croatia Zagreb, Croatia Slalom 2nd
18 March 2017 United States Aspen, USA Slalom 1st
2018 11 November 2017 Finland Levi, Finland Slalom 1st
26 November 2017 United States Killington, USA Slalom 2nd
20 December 2017 France Courchevel, France Parallel slalom 2nd
28 January 2018  Switzerland  Lenzerheide, Switzerland Slalom 1st
30 January 2018 Sweden Stockholm, Sweden Parallel slalom 3rd
4 March 2018  Switzerland  Crans-Montana, Switzerland Combined 3rd
2019 17 November 2018 Finland Levi, Finland Slalom 2nd
25 November 2018 United States Killington, USA Slalom 2nd
9 December 2018  Switzerland  St. Moritz, Switzerland Parallel slalom 2nd
22 December 2018 France Courchevel, France Slalom 2nd
28 December 2018 Austria Semmering, Austria Giant slalom 1st
29 December 2018 Slalom 2nd
1 January 2019 NorwayOslo, Norway Parallel slalom 1st
5 January 2019 Croatia Zagreb, Croatia Slalom 2nd
8 January 2019 Austria Flachau, Austria Slalom 1st
1 February 2019 Slovenia Maribor, Slovenia Giant Slalom 1st

World Championship results[edit]

Year
Age Slalom Giant
Slalom
Super G Downhill Combined Team Event
2013 17 DNF1 9
2015 19 44 30
2017 21 4 8 2
2019 23 3 1 2

Olympic results[edit]

Year
Age Slalom Giant
Slalom
Super G Downhill Combined Team Event
2014 18 19 24 N/A
2018 22 13 13 32 DNF 5 9

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Náš tím". Petravlhova.sk. Archived from the original on 26 February 2014. Retrieved 23 February 2014.
  2. ^ "Junior Worlds: Slalom gold for Slovakia's Petra Vlhova". Fédération Internationale de Ski. 28 February 2014. Retrieved 1 March 2014.
  3. ^ FIS Results
  4. ^ AUDI FIS SKI WORLD CUP 2015/16, 6th LADIES' GIANT SLALOM
  5. ^ "Petra Vlhova wins giant slalom, makes history for Slovenia". japantimes.co.jp. 29 December 2018. Retrieved 1 January 2019.
  6. ^ "Coupe du monde : Petra Vlhova domine Mikaela Shiffrin et le slalom parallèle d'Oslo" [World Cup: Petra Vlhova dominates Mikaela Shiffrin and Oslo's parallel slalom]. L'Équipe (in French). 1 January 2019. Retrieved 1 January 2019.
  7. ^ "Vlhova denies Shiffrin 8th straight victory in World Cup slalom". CBC.ca. 8 January 2019. Retrieved 10 January 2019.
  8. ^ Sharland, Pete (8 February 2019). "Ladies' Combined: Wendy Holdener beats Petra Vlhova by 0.03s to take Combined gold". Eurosport. Retrieved 16 February 2019.
  9. ^ "Petra Vlhova wins first-ever World Championships gold for Slovakia". International Ski Federation. 14 February 2019. Retrieved 16 February 2019.
  10. ^ "Mikaela Shiffrin makes history with fourth straight slalom gold". cnn.com. 16 February 2019. Retrieved 16 February 2019.

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