American teenager Mikaela Shiffrin earns 1st World Cup victory by winning slalom in Sweden


By Associated Press, Updated: Thursday, December 20, 1:00 PM

ARE, Sweden — American teenager Mikaela Shiffrin won her first World Cup event on Thursday, putting down a perfect second run to win a night slalom ahead of home favorite Frida Hansdotter.

Under the floodlights on Are’s Olympia course, the 17-year-old Shiffrin finished with a combined time of 1 minute, 45.36 seconds.

Hansdotter led after the first run but lost time toward the end of her second and finished 0.29 seconds behind for second place.

Overall World Cup leader Tina Maze of Slovenia was third, 0.52 behind.

Lindsey Vonn skipped the race, having taken a break from the World Cup to fully recover from an intestinal illness.

 

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