FIS City Event Stockholm

FIS City Event Stockholm

In absence of Lara Gut, Mikaela Shiffrin strengthened her position in the race for the overall World Cup title Tuesday by winning a parallel slalom city event in Stockholm, Sweden.


Shiffrin's 28th win in her 99th World Cup start stretched the American's lead over defending champion Lara Gut to 180 points. The Swiss skier skipped the event to rest a sore right arm and thigh after crashing in the super-G in Italy on Sunday. In the final, Shiffrin won both runs against Veronika Velez Zuzulova of Slovakia. Nina Loeseth of Norway placed third after defeating Frida Hansdotter of Sweden. If Shiffrin finishes third or better in the March 11 slalom in Squaw Valley, California, she will be able to wrap up the title a week before the finals in Aspen, Colorado.


In the men's event, there was a surprise winner. Linus Strasser hadn't even qualified for the event but replaced German teammate Felix Neureuther, who rested a knee injury. Strasser beat France's Alexis Pinturault in the final for his first career win. Sweden's Mattias Hargin delighted the home crowd by finishing third ahead of Dave Ryding of Britain.


Next up are the World Championships in St. Moritz, Switzerland.