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)
Skiing - Alpine Skiing World Cup - Ladies' Slalom - Lenzerheide, Switzerland - January 28, 2018. Mikaela Shiffrin of the U.S. reacts at the finish line. REUTERS/Stefano Rellandini
U.S. alpine ski racer and reigning overall World Cup champion Mikaela Shiffrin speaks to reporters at a news conference ahead of her races at the Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea February 10, 2018. REUTERS/Rory Carroll
USA's Mikaela Shiffrin leaves after the women's giant slalom was postponed because of strong winds at the Jeongseon Alpine Center during the Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympic Games in Pyeongchang on February 12, 2018. Shiffrin will have to wait to kick off her bid for multiple Olympic medals after the opening women's giant slalom was postponed Monday because of strong winds. / AFP PHOTO / Javier SORIANO (Photo credit should read JAVIER SORIANO/AFP/Getty Images)
PYEONGCHANG-GUN, SOUTH KOREA - FEBRUARY 14: Mikaela Shiffrin of the United States inspects the course prior to the Alpine Skiing Ladies' Slalom on day five of the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympics at Yongpyong Alpine Centre on February 14, 2018 in Pyeongchang-gun, South Korea. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
PYEONGCHANG-GUN, SOUTH KOREA - FEBRUARY 10: United States skier Mikaela Shiffrin attends her press conference at the Main Press Centre the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympic Games on February 10, 2018 in Pyeongchang-gun, South Korea. (Photo by Ker Robertson/Getty Images)
PYEONGCHANG-GUN, SOUTH KOREA - FEBRUARY 14: Mikaela Shiffrin of the United States inspects the course prior to the Alpine Skiing Ladies' Slalom on day five of the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympics at Yongpyong Alpine Centre on February 14, 2018 in Pyeongchang-gun, South Korea. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
LENZERHEIDE, SWITZERLAND - JANUARY 28: Mikaela Shiffrin of USA reacts during the Audi FIS Alpine Ski World Cup Women's Slalom on January 28, 2018 in Lenzerheide, Switzerland. (Photo by Alain Grosclaude/Agence Zoom/Getty Images)
LENZERHEIDE, SWITZERLAND - JANUARY 28: Mikaela Shiffrin of USA in action during the Audi FIS Alpine Ski World Cup Women's Slalom on January 28, 2018 in Lenzerheide, Switzerland. (Photo by Alain Grosclaude/Agence Zoom/Getty Images)
US Mikaela Shiffrin reacts after missing a gate in the Women's slalom race at the FIS Alpine Skiing World Cup on January 28, 2018 in Lenzerheide. / AFP PHOTO / Fabrice COFFRINI (Photo credit should read FABRICE COFFRINI/AFP/Getty Images)
CORTINA D'AMPEZZO, ITALY - JANUARY 19: Mikaela Shiffrin of USA inspects the course during the Audi FIS Alpine Ski World Cup Women's Downhill on January 19, 2018 in Cortina d'Ampezzo, Italy. (Photo by Christophe Pallot/Agence Zoom/Getty Images)
CORTINA D'AMPEZZO, ITALY - JANUARY 19: Lindsey Vonn of USA takes 2nd place, Mikaela Shiffrin of USA takes 1st place during the Audi FIS Alpine Ski World Cup Women's Downhill on January 19, 2018 in Cortina d'Ampezzo, Italy. (Photo by Christophe Pallot/Agence Zoom/Getty Images)
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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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