Downhill World Championships in Méribel (France), women's giant slalom, February 16, 2023. American Mikaela Shiffrin.
Méribel (France) – Four-time world champion in slalom Mikaela Shiffrin will attack for the fifth gold in her great discipline today at the championship in Méribel. The American star, who already won the giant slalom title in France, will be the main favorite among the goals today. In the current World Cup season, she won five out of nine slaloms, finished second three times and was not on the podium only once.
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In her main discipline, the Czech representative Martina Dubovská wants to fight to improve her personal best from major events, which is thirteenth place in the slalom at last year's Olympic Games in Beijing. In the absence of Ester Ledecka, the 30-year-old skier is the biggest Czech hope at the championship in France.
The Olympic winner from Beijing, Petra Vlhová from Slovakia, and the Swiss Wendy Holdenerová, the second woman in the interim evaluation of the World Cup slalom and silver from opening combination. The German Lena Dürrová, who won the last SP slalom before the championship in Špindlerův Mlýn and thwarted Shiffrin's attack on a record 86th victory in the SP, is also among the favorites.
The first round of the slalom is scheduled for 10:00. In addition to Dubovská, whose maximum this year is two tenth places from December, other Czech skiers Adriana Jelínková and sisters Elese and Celine Sommer will also start in it. The second round will start at 1:30 p.m.