Shiffrin winning streak ends, but Hirscher's dominance continues
Mikaela Shiffrin's winning streak in FIS Alpine Skiing World Cup slalom races came to a surprising end as she failed to finish Sunday's second run in Lenzerheide.
The dominant Shiffrin could have secured the discipline's crystal globe with a top-two finish, having won each of the last five World Cup slaloms.
However, holding a commanding lead from the first run, the American missed a gate towards the end of her second effort, enabling Petra Vlhova to take first place in a total time of one minute and 50.53 seconds.
Frida Hansdotter (+0.10 seconds) and Wendy Holdener (+0.52secs) completed the podium, but Shiffrin remains firmly on course for the slalom title and overall World Cup glory.
There were no surprises in the men's giant slalom in Garmisch Partenkirchen, as the mighty Marcel Hirscher triumphed yet again.
Hirscher finished 1.57secs ahead of fellow Austrian Manuel Feller, who secured his first World Cup podium, and has now won seven of his last eight giant slalom outings. The reigning overall champion sits outright second on the list of male World Cup wins, having surpassed Hermann Maier's tally of 54.
Ted Ligety (+1.69secs) claimed third, earning a first World Cup podium since his return from a long injury lay-off and a timely boost ahead of next month's Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang.