Shiffrin's winning streak ends in Zagreb


Mikaela Shiffrin's seven-race winning run in the women's slalom came to an agonising end on Tuesday, falling just one victory short of the FIS Alpine Skiing World Cup record.

Overall leader Shiffrin became only the third woman to reach seven consecutive wins when she triumphed in Semmering last week and had won the last 12 races in which she had competed - a five-race absence through injury last season the only interruption to that stretch.

But a straddle on her first run ensured she would not match the achievements of Vreni Schneider and Janica Kostelic before her, with Veronika Velez-Zuzulova claiming the win.

Velez-Zuzulova was the last woman to win a slalom event prior to Shiffrin's streak when she won back-to-back races in Flachau in January 2016.

The Slovak finished 0.24 seconds clear of compatriot Petra Vlhova after topping the timesheets on her first run and going second fastest - behind Vlhova - on her second.

Sarka Strachova rounded off the podium after a pair of third-placed finishes and sits fifth on a slalom leaderboard still topped by Shiffrin.

The American's lead has been cut to 10 points, though, with Velez-Zuzulova now in hot pursuit.

Third-placed Wendy Holdener of Switzerland also failed to post a time on Tuesday, contributing to the end of a record run of identical podiums, with Shiffrin, Velez-Zuzulova and Holdener having finished 1-2-3 in the last three races.