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US teen leads slalom after 1st run


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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draygreen06 December 30 2013 at 12:33 AM

And im sure she's been plowed more times than the falling snow

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skiertennis December 30 2013 at 12:11 AM

It's the body positioning and the tongue thing; just like the sex acts. Perfect for slalom girls and flamboyant boys (no pun intended).

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FATASS December 29 2013 at 11:51 PM

ummmm, hot!

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fsaufleyudt December 30 2013 at 12:05 AM

Take your lesbian ass out of here.

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DANTHALER December 29 2013 at 11:45 PM

I never, except for Luge, get into the Winter Olympics. Maybe a great hockey gold medal game.

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kevinhh108 December 29 2013 at 11:43 PM

Come Olympic time she'll mess up. All our skiers do.

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bsktweety December 29 2013 at 11:30 PM

Now if the media doesn't go near her to put pressure on her. That is what makes any of our skiers nervous. As young as she is, this is one thing she doesn't need.!!!

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Doug December 29 2013 at 11:21 PM

Lindsey who?

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skiertennis December 30 2013 at 12:08 AM

Lindsey Woods

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cptree101 December 29 2013 at 11:06 PM

is it me or does this girl look a lot like the girl dannellie Bradbury who won the voice sorry for bad spell

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poker11 December 29 2013 at 10:55 PM

She didn't win but took another podium. Amazing young skier.

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Keith December 29 2013 at 10:14 PM

What the hell is with these girls these days sticking out their tongues for pictures?

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lowtechknowtech December 29 2013 at 11:45 PM

Michael Jordan did it all the time. Did you complain about him too?

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dollyfield December 30 2013 at 12:15 AM

When Michael Jordan was playing I don't think I had a computer - haha. But at least back then I had a life so I would have just been complaining out loud - not typing it out.

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dollyfield December 30 2013 at 12:12 AM

Exactly what I was going to say! If she skies like that she better learn ASL.

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nrgaines88 December 30 2013 at 2:46 AM

ASL - English translation please. Ralph.

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