Broken gate fails to stop Shiffrin, Kristoffersen dominates in Adelboden
Mikaela Shiffrin got straight back to winning ways in her favoured slalom discipline on Sunday, even though she was forced to ski over a broken gate on her second run in Maribor.
Shiffrin has dominated the women's slalom in the FIS Alpine Skiing World Cup for several years, but saw a seven-race winning streak come to an end as she failed to finish in Zagreb on Tuesday, allowing Veronika Velez-Zuzulova to take victory.
However, Shiffrin recorded her 13th win from 14 starts - a five-race absence through injury having preceded her previous run of triumphs - in Slovenia, despite losing time when a gate she had just passed broke and flew into her path.
"I skied over it a couple of times. It just kept coming at me," the American, who was joined on the podium by Wendy Holdener (+0.19 seconds) and Frida Hansdotter (+0.31secs) was quoted as saying.
"The gate was very solidly under my skis for a couple of turns. I felt it but it was okay."
Shiffrin has now won 27 World Cup races - 24 of those in the slalom - and now holds a commanding lead of 110 points in the discipline standings after nearest rival Velez-Zuzolova straddled a gate during Sunday's first run and did not finish.
The overall title also appears set to come Shiffrin's way for the first time. Her lead over Lara Gut is up to 305 points.
Henrik Kristoffersen pulled level with overall World Cup leader Marcel Hirscher in the men's slalom standings on Sunday, winning comfortably in Adelboden as the Austrian finished third.
Kristoffersen's third win in four races came by an emphatic margin of 1.83 seconds, with Manfred Moelgg beating Hirscher (+2.19secs) into second.
Like Shiffrin, Hirscher is more than 300 points clear in the overall standings.