Austria’s Katharina Liensberger has won the women’s slalom gold at the Alpine skiing world championships while Mikaela Shiffrin’s bid for a record fifth successive title has ended with bronze.
World Cup overall leader Petra Vlhova, of Slovakia, took the silver in the final race of the women’s programme in Cortina.
Liensberger’s gold was her second of the week, and her third medal in all, after finishing equal first in the parallel event and taking bronze in the giant slalom.
“It’s amazing. I really gave it all today and I worked so hard for it,” gasped the Austrian, who led Vlhova by 0.30 seconds after the first run and extended that advantage to finish exactly a second clear.
“It was so often so near and so close. I won this race and it means so much to me,” added the first Austrian women’s slalom world champion since Marlies Schild in 2011.
Vlhova and Shiffrin are the dominant forces in slalom skiing, the two of them winning every race expect one in the technical discipline on the World Cup circuit since January 2017.
Shiffrin was fourth after the first run but secured her 11th world championship medal after Switzerland’s Wendy Holdener, who had been third, was unable to hold on to her position and missed out by 0.36.
The bronze was Shiffrin’s fourth medal in Cortina d’Ampezzo and extended her record as the US skier with most world championship medals.
Shiffrin leaves Italy with gold from the combined event, silver in giant slalom and bronze in super-G as well as Saturday’s medal.
“It’s been a pretty incredible couple of weeks,” she said. “I never imagined I would win four medals and one world championship.”
Italy’s Federica Brignone ended her championships in disappointment, the reigning overall World Cup champion hitting a gate on the first run and falling in her last attempt to medal on home snow.