Hansdotter holds nerve to edge out Holdener for first win


Frida Hansdotter claimed her first win of the FIS World Cup season in the ladies' slalom in Lienz, keeping her nerve to hold off Wendy Holdener.

The Swede was the only woman to finish in the top three in each of the three previous slalom events this term and finally topped the podium with a total time of one minute and 47.02 seconds.

Hansdotter posted the fastest first run time with 52.91 secs and took an 0.11-second advantage over Holdener into the second run.

Although she was slower than the Swiss at the next attempt, it was enough to edge her out of pole position by 0.07 secs.

The 30-year-old now sits 24 points behind Lindsey Vonn of the United States in the overall standings, while Lara Gut retains a 158-point lead at the summit.

Petra Vlhova clocked the fastest time on the second run in Austria at 53.74 seconds, and it secured her place on the podium at the expense of home hope Carmen Thalmann.

Eva Maria-Brem, fourth in the overall rankings ahead of the event, was 2.88 secs off Hansdotter's pace and ended up in 21st position, securing just 10 points.

Michaela Kirchgasser did not finish her second run after losing her footing midway through and subsequently failed to score any points.