Vonn 8th in Austrian night slalom won by Schild
Shiffrin, Schleper fail to make second run
Vonn has had some success in slalom but is a much more dominant speed-event [downhill and super-G] racer. This was Vonn's first finish in three World Cup slalom events so far this season after skipping a slalom in Aspen and skiing out in her second run over the weekend in Courchevel, France.
With her top-10 finish, Vonn will head into the holiday break with a 230-point lead over Schild in the chase for her fourth overall World Cup title. Vonn had won four straight races heading into Courchevel, including a super-G earlier this month at Beaver Creek, and five races so far this season.
“Slalom is easier now,” Vonn said. “I feel really comfortable. I felt like I was skiing really well in the first run from Courchevel before I went out. I know I can be there; it's just a matter of skiing more aggressively.”
Vonn was 10th after her first run tonight, more than 1.8 seconds behind Schild.
“I didn't ski as aggressive as I wanted to on the first run, but it was a solid run without any big mistakes,” Vonn said. “I was happy to be in there for a second run.”
A couple of other Ski and Snowboard Club Vail racers didn't fare as well. Sarah Schleper finished her first run but didn't qualify for a second, and Mikaela Shiffrin didn't finish her first run.
Women's World Cup action resumes Dec. 28-29 with a giant slalom and slalom in Lienz, Austria.
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