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American Teen Shiffrin Wins Second World Cup Slalom of Season

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Jan. 4 (Bloomberg) -- American teenager Mikaela Shiffrin won her second World Cup skiing slalom of the season today in Croatia to take the lead in the standings.

Shiffrin, 17, had a combined time of 2 minutes, 01.73 seconds over two runs on the Crveni Spust slope in Zagreb to beat Sweden’s Frida Hansdotter by 1.19 seconds. Canadian Erin Mielzynski was 1.76 seconds back in third place.

Shiffrin led by 0.35 seconds after the first run and had the fastest second-run time of 1:02.47. She now has 336 points to move to the top of the slalom standings by 26 points over Slovenia’s Tina Maze.

Maze was second behind Shiffrin after the first run, but didn’t finish her second attempt. The 29-year-old continues to lead the overall World Cup standings with 1,139 points, 452 points more than German Maria Hoefl-Riesch, who finished sixth today.

Four-time World Cup champion Lindsey Vonn of the U.S. returned to training yesterday in Europe after taking a two-week break to recover from fatigue caused by a stomach illness earlier this season. The 28-year-old anticipates competing in next week’s downhill and super-G races in St. Anton, Austria, according to the U.S. Ski Team website.

To contact the reporter on this story: Bob Bensch in London at bbensch@bloomberg.net.

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Christopher Elser at celser@bloomberg.net.

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