SPINDLERUV MLYN, Austria | Vlhova holds big lead in GS after first run, Shiffrin 4th

SPINDLERUV MLYN, Austria | Vlhova holds big lead in GS after first run, Shiffrin 4th

SPINDLERUV MLYN, Austria (AP) — Petra Vlhova led a women’s World Cup giant slalom by nearly a half-second after the opening run while overall champion Mikaela Shiffrin posted the fourth-fastest time on Friday.

Vlhova lost time when she adjusted her race line early in her run but the Slovakian skier still finished 0.48 seconds ahead of Viktoria Rebensburg of Germany.

Initially a slalom specialist, Vlhova has evolved into a leading GS contender, winning her first World Cup races in the discipline in Semmering and Maribor this season.

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