Mikaela Shiffrin wins World Cup parallel slalom event

Mikaela Shiffrin wins World Cup parallel slalom event
Slovakia's Petra Vlhova, foreground, and United States' Mikaela Shiffrin compete in a women's World Cup parallel slalom, in St. Moritz, Switzerland, Sunday, Dec. 9, 2018. (AP Photo/Marco Trovati)

ST. MORITZ, Switzerland (AP) — Mikaela Shiffrin won her third straight World Cup event Sunday, beating Petra Vlhova in the head-to-head final of parallel slalom.

Shiffrin trailed midway down the course after clipping a gate, but led her Slovakian opponent through the final three gates to win by 0.11 seconds.

The American star has three wins in eight days after super-G victories Saturday at St. Moritz and last Sunday at Lake Louise, Canada.

Shiffrin now has more than double the World Cup points of any rival chasing a third straight season-long overall title.

Vlhova advanced to the final in one of the tightest results, winning her semifinal by 0.02 from three-time Olympic medalist Wendy Holdener.

Holdener took third place, winning the small final against Katharina Liensberger of Austria.

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