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Shiffrin at 17 Becomes Second-Youngest U.S. World Cup Ski Winner

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Dec. 20 (Bloomberg) -- Mikaela Shiffrin became the second-youngest U.S. skier to win a World Cup alpine race, capturing a slalom event at Are, Sweden, to take the lead in the season’s standings.

The 17-year-old from Eagle-Vail, Colorado, is three months older than Judy Nagel was when she took a giant slalom in La Parva, Chile, in 1967, according to the U.S. Ski Team’s website.

Shiffrin, who twice finished third in World Cup slaloms events during the last year, entered her second run trailing Frida Hansdotter of Sweden by 0.15 seconds. Shiffrin finished with a combined time of 1 minute, 45.36 seconds, beating Hansdotter, the runner-up, by 0.29.

“I was just trying to fly,” Shiffrin said in a release on the team’s website. “I don’t know what to say. I just want to hug my mom a lot. Right now I just need to try to calm down and regroup.”

Tina Maze of Slovenia was third in 1:45.88 to strengthen her lead over Maria Hoefl-Riesch of Germany in the overall World Cup standings. Maze has 919 points and Hoefl-Riesch has 532, finishing 11th today.

Shiffrin now leads the slalom standings with 196 points, 22 more than Hoefl-Riesch. She’s 11th in the overall rankings.

Lindsey Vonn, the defending overall champion from the U.S., is taking a break from skiing to regain strength after being hospitalized last month with a stomach infection. Vonn remains fourth overall with 414 points, trailing Maze by 505.

To contact the reporter on this story: Mason Levinson in New York at mlevinson@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Michael Sillup at msillup@bloomberg.net