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American Shiffrin Wins First Women’s World Cup Slalom of Season

Skiing Champion Mikaela Shiffrin
Reigning world champion Mikaela Shiffrin of the U.S. takes 1st place during the World Cup Women's Slalom in Levi, Finland, on November 16, 2013. Photographer: Christophe Pallot/Agence Zoom via Getty Images

Reigning world champion Mikaela Shiffrin of the U.S. won the opening World Cup skiing slalom of the season in Levi, Finland.

Shiffrin, 18, posted a time of one minute, 55.07 seconds over two runs to beat Germany’s Maria Hoefl Riesch by 1.06 seconds. Defending overall World Cup champion Tina Maze of Slovenia was third.

Shiffrin was the only skier to finish both runs in under 58 seconds. It was the fifth World Cup win of the teenager’s career.

“Maybe I was a little bit lucky in the first run, I can’t even really remember it,” she said on the U.S. Ski Team’s website. “I just wanted to take the second run like its own race and really hammer it. I was in the gate and like, ’No mercy, charge down this course’ and I think I did.”

The win moves Shiffrin to the top of the overall World Cup standings with 140 points, 40 more than Switzerland’s Lara Gut, who didn’t race today.

The women next race a series of events in Beaver Creek, Colorado, Nov. 29 to Dec. 1.

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