Shiffrin denied again as Hansdotter wins in Flachau
Mikaela Shiffrin failed to win a slalom event for the second time in a week as Frida Hansdotter took victory in Austria on Tuesday.
Shriffin has dominated slalom in recent years and came into the latest round of the FIS Alpine Skiing World Cup in Flachau having triumphed in eight of her last nine races - her only failure coming in Zagreb seven days ago.
However, a disappointing first run proved costly as the American had to settle for a share of third place with Wendy Holdener, Nina Loeseth claiming second behind Hansdotter.
The opening run was dominated by Hansdotter, as she finished 0.95 seconds clear of the field with a stunning run, Shiffrin's attempt falling away almost from the start as she finished fifth fastest.
The 21-year-old was back to her best in the second run but overhauling a one minute 38-second deficit proved too much, her 53.89secs the fastest and enough to secure a place on the podium.
Loeseth was dreaming of a second World Cup win after eclipsing Shiffrin's overall time, but Hansdotter's first-run advantage proved crucial.
She extended her lead in the top two sectors which enabled her to seal the win - the fourth of her career - despite losing some time in the lower section.
Although she finished third, Shiffrin remains clear at the top of the slalom standings with 560 points, 125 clear of Veronika Velez Zuzulova, while Hansdotter climbs to fourth.
The young American also leads the way in the overall table with 1008 points, her advantage over Lara Gut - who failed to finish the first run in Flachau - now at 365.