Kristoffersen and Shiffrin deliver predictable slalom script
Henrik Kristoffersen marked his first outing of the FIS World Cup season with a typically dominant performance to win the slalom in Val d'Isere on Sunday.
Reigning champion in the discipline, Kristofferson had missed the season-opening event in Levi due to a disagreement with Norway's federation over his use of a sponsored helmet.
Performing with an unbranded lid in the French Alps, Kristoffersen overturned a first-run deficit to Alexander Khoroshilov to take top spot on the podium ahead of Marcel Hirscher and the Russian, who finished third.
"It's a really good feeling after all that happened the last month and a half or two," Kristoffersen is quoted by ESPN. "This is really good."
Hirscher's podium helped him increase his overall standings lead over Alexis Pinturault to 156 points.
Mikaela Shiffrin is now 105 points ahead of Lara Gut on the women's overall leaderboard after maintaining her 100 per cent record in slalom this season at Sestriere.
The American superstar has won three from three in her favoured discipline this season, and responded well after a blip in Saturday's super-G had helped Gut close the gap.
Gut was 28th of the 29 women to get a second run, with Veronika Velez Zuzulova and Wendy Holdener joining Shiffrin on the podium.