Shiffrin golden in gi­ant slalom

Chicago Sun-Times - - WINTER OLYMPICS -

Mikaela Shiffrin gave the United States its first non- snow­board gold medal of the Win­ter Games by win­ning the women’s gi­ant slalom with a two- run time of 2 min­utes, 20.02 se­conds Thurs­day.

Shiffrin was in sec­ond place be­hind Manuela Moelgg of Italy after the first run, so she was the sec­ond- to- last skier among the top 30 fin­ish­ers for the sec­ond run. She over­took Ragn­hild Mow­inckel of Nor­way, then waited for Moelgg’s fi­nal run. Moelgg strug­gled from the start and wound up fin­ish­ing eighth. Mow­inckel took the sil­ver and Fed­er­ica Brignone of Italy the bronze.

Shiffrin fin­ished fifth in the gi­ant slalom at the 2014 Sochi Games. She will try to de­fend her Olympic slalom gold Fri­day.

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