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Tactics did not work out
Wednesday February 16 2011 04:46 PM
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Charlotta Saefvenberg from Sweden was delighted to win the gold medal in the slalom special. Unfortunately the delegation from Slovakia did not have such a good day. They had high hopes for some of the medals, but their greatest talent, Petra Vlhová finished ninth.

After the first round, Vlhová was fourth with only a slightly slower time than the leaders. "She was a bit slower in the second round, she had a cautious run, while other athletes were riding on the edge," Martin Chorowicki, head of the Slovak alpine skiers summarised Vlhová's performance.

According to Chorowicki, she was more careful in the second round, mainly because at the beginning one athlete after another fell on the difficult track.  "It was because of the circumstances. But the tactics did not work out," said Chorowicki.

The winner of the slalom was Charlotta Saefvenberg, who beat Eli Plut from Slovenia by a mere three hundredths of a second. "It was a very difficult race. This is the best result of my life. The piste on Ještěd was hard but on the other hand, it was a perfect race," said the happy Swede at the finish. The bronze goes to Austria thanks to Sabrina Maier.

All the Czech slalom girls had a very good second round and all four of them improved their standings and finished in the top 25. The best of them was Kateřina Kotrlová in 17th position. "I wanted to finish in the fifteenth position, I had higher expectations. I was much better in the second round, but I was nervous," said the best Czech after the race.

Ester Ledecká, fifth from Tuesday’s race in Snowboard Cross in Rejdice finished 22nd in Slalom and was happy about her result. "I enjoyed it very much, it was great," commented Ledecká on the race.

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