US teen leads slalom after 1st run

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LIENZ, AUSTRIA - DECEMBER 28: (FRANCE OUT) Mikaela Shiffrin of the USA takes 3rd place during the Audi FIS Alpine Ski World Cup Women's Giant Slalom on December 28, 2013 in Lienz, Austria. (Photo by Christophe Pallot/Agence Zoom/Getty Images)
LIENZ, AUSTRIA - DECEMBER 28: (FRANCE OUT) Mikaela Shiffrin of the USA takes 2nd place during the Audi FIS Alpine Ski World Cup Women's Giant Slalom on December 28, 2013 in Lienz, Austria. (Photo by Christophe Pallot/Agence Zoom/Getty Images)
LIENZ, AUSTRIA - DECEMBER 28: (FRANCE OUT) Mikaela Shiffrin of the USA takes 2nd place during the Audi FIS Alpine Ski World Cup Women's Giant Slalom on December 28, 2013 in Lienz, Austria. (Photo by Christophe Pallot/Agence Zoom/Getty Images)
Mikaela Shiffrin heads down course during the first run of the women's World Cup giant slalom skiing event, in Beaver Creek, Colo., Sunday, Dec. 1, 2013. (AP Photo/Alessandro Trovati)
Mikaela Shiffrin of the United States speeds down the course to set the fastest time during the first run of an alpine ski, women's World Cup slalom, in Lienz, Austria, Sunday, Dec. 29, 2013. American teenager Mikaela Shiffrin led the women's World Cup slalom after the first run, positioning herself for a record fifth victory of the calendar year. (AP Photo/Marco Tacca)
Mikaela Shiffrin of the United States speeds down the course to set the fastest time during the first run of an alpine ski, women's World Cup slalom, in Lienz, Austria, Sunday, Dec. 29, 2013. American teenager Mikaela Shiffrin led the women's World Cup slalom after the first run, positioning herself for a record fifth victory of the calendar year. (AP Photo/Giovanni Auletta)
Mikaela Shiffrin of the United States speeds down the course to set the fastest time during the first run of an alpine ski, women's World Cup slalom, in Lienz, Austria, Sunday, Dec. 29, 2013. American teenager Mikaela Shiffrin led the women's World Cup slalom after the first run, positioning herself for a record fifth victory of the calendar year. (AP Photo/Giovanni Auletta)
Mikaela Shiffrin of the United States celebrates her third place in an alpine ski, women's World Cup giant slalom, in Lienz, Austria, Saturday, Dec. 28, 2013. (AP Photo/Marco Tacca)
Austria's Anna Fenninger, center, winner of an alpine ski, women's World Cup giant slalom, celebrates on the podium with second placed Jessica Lindell-Vikarby of Sweden, left, and third placed Mikaela Shiffrin of the United States, in Lienz, Austria, Saturday, Dec. 28, 2013. (AP Photo/Marco Tacca)
Mikaela Shiffrin of the United States celebrates her third place in an alpine ski, women's World Cup giant slalom, in Lienz, Austria, Saturday, Dec. 28, 2013. (AP Photo/Giovanni Auletta)
Mikaela Shiffrin of the United States celebrates her third place in an alpine ski, women's World Cup giant slalom, in Lienz, Austria, Saturday, Dec. 28, 2013. (AP Photo/Giovanni Auletta)
Mikaela Shiffrin of the United States celebrates her third place in an alpine ski, women's World Cup giant slalom, in Lienz, Austria, Saturday, Dec. 28, 2013. (AP Photo/Marco Tacca)
Mikaela Shiffrin of the United States celebrates her third place in an alpine ski, women's World Cup giant slalom, in Lienz, Austria, Saturday, Dec. 28, 2013. (AP Photo/Marco Tacca)
Mikaela Shiffrin raises her arms after crossing the finish line on her second run during the women's World Cup giant slalom skiing event, in Beaver Creek, Colo., Sunday, Dec. 1, 2013. Shiffrin finished second place. (AP Photo/Alessandro Trovati)
Mikaela Shiffrin raises her arms after crossing the finish line on her second run during the women's World Cup giant slalom skiing event, in Beaver Creek, Colo., Sunday, Dec. 1, 2013. Shiffrin finished second place. (AP Photo/Alessandro Trovati)
Mikaela Shiffrin of the US, reacts after winning the women's slalom FIS Alpine Ski World Cup, in Levi, Finnish Lapland , Saturday, Nov. 16, 2013. (AP Photo /Lehtikuva, Markku Ulander) FINLAND OUT
Mikaela Shiffrin, of the United States, celebrates in the finish area after winning an Alpine Ski World Cup women's slalom, in Levi, Finland, Saturday, Nov. 16 , 2013. (AP Photo/Shin Tanaka)
Mikaela Shiffrin, of the United States, celebrates on the podium after winning an Alpine Ski World Cup women's slalom, in Levi, Finland, Saturday, Nov. 16 , 2013. (AP Photo/Shin Tanaka)
American alpine skier Mikaela Shiffrin speaks with reporters during a news conference at the USOC 2013 team USA media summit Wednesday, Oct. 2, 2013, in Park City, Utah. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)
Mikaela Shiffrin, of Vail, Colo., hits a gate during her first run of the women's slalom race at the U.S. Alpine Championships skiing competition in Squaw Valley, Calif., Sunday, March 24, 2013. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)
Mikaela Shiffrin, of Vail, Colo., rounds a gate during the first run of the women's giant slalom race at the U.S. Alpine Ski Championships at Squaw Valley, Calif., Thursday, March 21, 2013. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)
Mikaela Shiffrin, of Vail, Colo., lines up a gate during the first run of the women's giant slalom at the U.S. Alpine Ski Championships in Squaw Valley, Calif., Thursday, March 21, 2013. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)
Mikaela Shiffrin from the United States shows of the women's slalom overall standing crystal globe during the Alpine Ski World Cup final in Lenzerheide, Switzerland, Saturday, March 16, 2013. (AP Photo/Armando Trovati)
American alpine skier Mikaela Shiffrin, left, speaks with reporters during a news conference at the USOC 2013 team USA media summit Wednesday, Oct. 2, 2013, in Park City, Utah. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)
American alpine skier Mikaela Shiffrin speaks with reporters during a news conference at the USOC 2013 team USA media summit Wednesday, Oct. 2, 2013, in Park City, Utah. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)
Mikaela Shiffrin, of the United States, speeds down the course during the first run of an Alpine ski, women's World Cup giant slalom, in Soelden, Austria, Saturday, Oct. 26, 2013. (AP Photo/Alessandro Trovati)
Mikaela Shiffrin, of the United States, smiles as she poses next to a reindeer after winning an Alpine Ski World Cup women's slalom, in Levi, Finland, Saturday, Nov. 16 , 2013. (AP Photo/Shin Tanaka)
Mikaela Shiffrin heads down course during the first run of the women's World Cup giant slalom skiing event, in Beaver Creek, Colo., Sunday, Dec. 1, 2013. (AP Photo/Alessandro Trovati)
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LIENZ, Austria (AP) - American teenager Mikaela Shiffrin led a women's World Cup slalom after the first run Sunday, positioning herself for a record fifth victory of the calendar year.

In an increasingly heavy rain, Shiffrin was slowed by a mistake as she almost skied out four gates from the finish but recovered to finish in 56.16 seconds, 0.22 faster than Maria Pietilae-Holmner of Sweden. Kathrin Zettel of Austria came 0.25 back in third.

"I felt really good and the snow was awesome, so all good," Shiffrin said, adding she would aim to go "maybe a little bit faster" in the second run.

At 18 years and 291 days old, the American can become the youngest female skier to win five World Cup slaloms in one calendar year, beating the record set by Janica Kostelic. The Croatian standout was 67 days older when she won five slaloms in 2000.

Shiffrin has been dominating slalom racing in 2013, winning the world title and the World Cup discipline title.

Two years ago, Shiffrin earned her first career podium finish in Lienz. On Saturday, she came third in the GS.

"I feel happy from yesterday," Shiffrin said. "I had a good night of sleep and some good food."

Four-time World Cup slalom champion Marlies Schild, who won the previous event in Courchevel, France, trailed Shiffrin by 0.69 in sixth. The Austrian is chasing her 35th slalom victory - more than any other female skier.

"I struggled a bit," said Schild, who missed most of last season because of a knee injury. "I didn't let the skis go. That's because I haven't done a lot of races recently."

Defending overall World Cup champion Tina Maze of Slovenia avoided obvious mistakes but finished 1.58 off the lead in 14th, and Olympic champion Maria Hoefl-Riesch of Germany came fourth after a strong finish with 0.54 to make up in the second run.

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