13.400 skiing fans celebrated a top-class ski event at the 9th edition of the Audi FIS Ladies Night Slalom in Flachau on Tuesday January 8, 2019
Despite the extremely wintry conditions which brought more than two metres of new snow in the days before the great floodlit spectacle, the dedicated slope team was still able to transport the new snow away in time for the start of the Night Slalom on the Hermann Maier FIS World Cup run, so that the race course could be prepared to a nearly perfect state despite the conditions. The team spirit and lots of special shifts from the piste team made it really worthwhile.
Once again the US superstar Mikaela Shiffrin was in top form in the first run and secured a lead of 0:46 seconds over the Slovakian Petra Vlhova at half time. But in the second run Vlhova kept her nerves and finally was crowned the Snow Space Salzburg Princess with only a 0:15 second lead over Shiffrin. This lead earned her the highest prize money (€ 69,859.38 Euros) in the Ladies Skiing World Cup. Third place on the podium went to the young Austrian Katharina Liensberger with a sensational run, who achieved her best World Cup result to-date in Flachau, her home territory. World Cup points also went to the young Austrians Katharina Truppe (9th place), Katharina Huber (19th place) and Stephanie Brunner (20th place). Bernadette Schild straddled a gate in the second run and was eliminated from the race.
13,400 spectators didn’t want to miss out on one of the greatest highlights in the Ladies skiing World Cup calendar despite the extremely wintry conditions and turned the World Cup stadium into a real witch’s cauldron. Even before the start of the race there was a real party atmosphere at the fan club parade in the village centre. In the break between the runs the Austrian musician Julian Le Play performed his hits on the Krone open air stage and after the winner’s ceremony they celebrated into the night in the pubs and clubs in Flachau.