Olympic cham­pion Shiffrin wins WCup slalom opener

Daily Freeman (Kingston, NY) - - SPORTS -

Mikaela Shiffrin built a huge lead in the open­ing run of the first women’s World Cup slalom of the sea­son on Satur­day.

On an icy slope in freez­ing con­di­tions, the Olympic and world cham­pion from the United States took a 0.72-sec­ond lead over Swe­den’s Frida Hans­dot­ter and Switzer­land’s Wendy Hold­ener, who shared sec­ond place.

Pe­tra Vl­hova of Slo­vakia came 0.89 be­hind in fourth and was the only other skier to fin­ish within a sec­ond of the Amer­i­can.

“I was ner­vous. But af­ter the first run I feel bet­ter,” said Shiffrin, who is chas­ing her 20th ca­reer win in the dis­ci­pline.

“I think ev­ery­body is a bit ner­vous to­day so prob­a­bly no­body is ski­ing their best,” she said.

“In the sec­ond run hope­fully I can clean up a few spots. It’s ba­si­cally like a new race. I just have to ski hard.”

Shiffrin has won all eight slaloms that she has com­peted in since Fe­bru­ary 2015.

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