With Shiffrin out, Vlhova grabs 1st slalom win

Former junior world champion Petra Vlhova of Slovakia took advantage of Mikaela Shiffrin's absence to win the first World Cup race of her career Sunday by taking a slalom in Are, Sweden.

The 20-year-old Vlhova added to her surprising first-run lead to win by more than half a second over home favorite Frida Hansdotter of Sweden.

Hansdotter moved up from fifth after the opening leg to finish 0.59 seconds behind.

Nina Loeseth of Norway finished third, 0.65 behind.

Shiffrin, the Olympic and two-time world champion, flew home to the United States for tests on her right knee after crashing while warming up for Saturday's giant slalom race. The American had won the last five slalom races stretching back to last season.

Hansdotter moved ahead of Shiffrin atop the slalom standings.