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US skier Shiffrin wins Lenzerheide slalom

American starlet Mikaela Shiffrin won the final slalom race of the World Cup season at Lenzerheide, Switzerland on Saturday, her fifth victory in the discipline this season. Two days after her 19th birthday, the Olympic and world champion, who had already won the slalom crystal globe for the second time, finished 1.44 seconds ahead of Sweden's Frida Hansdotter. Austria's Marlies Schild, the former slalom queen, came third on the day. Shiffrin was already out in front after the first leg, timing 1.57 seconds quicker than Hansdotter.

Alpine skiing: Shiffrin retains slalom crystal globe

America's women's Olympic slalom champion Mikaela Shiffrin won the World Cup race in the discipline at Are, Sweden, on Saturday to retain her crystal globe title. The 18-year-old -- also world slalom champion -- recorded her fourth win of the season and eighth in World Cup races by beating home Sweden's Maria Pietilae-Holmner by 60hundreths of a second while another Swede Anna Swenn-Larsson was third, 1.5sec adrift. asc/fbx/pi

Alpine skiing: Shiffrin retains slalom crystal globe

America's women's Olympic slalom champion Mikaela Shiffrin won the World Cup race in the discipline at Are, Sweden, on Saturday to retain her crystal globe title. The 18-year-old -- also world champion in the event -- recorded her fourth win of the season and eighth in World Cup races. She beat home Sweden's Maria Pietilae-Holmner by 60hundreths of a second while another Swede Anna Swenn-Larsson was third, 1.5sec adrift, for her first ever podium finish at the age of 22.

Alpine skiing: Shiffrin retains slalom crystal globe

America's women's Olympic slalom champion Mikaela Shiffrin won the World Cup race in the discipline at Are, Sweden, on Saturday to retain her crystal globe title. The 18-year-old -- also world champion in the event -- recorded her fourth win of the season and eighth in World Cup races. She beat home Sweden's Maria Pietilae-Holmner by 60hundreths of a second while another Swede Anna Swenn-Larsson was third, 1.5sec adrift, for her first ever podium finish at the age of 22.

Alpine skiing: No stopping slalom star Shiffrin in Sweden

World and Olympic champion Mikaela Shiffrin of the United States set the pace in the first leg of Saturday's slalom World Cup race in Äre, Sweden. The American teenager clocked 52.99sec to lead from Swedish pair Frida Hansdotter and Maria Pietilae-Holmner, who were respectively 0.66 and 0.80sec off the pace. Hansdotter is Shiffrin's main rival for the World Cup title, but if the girl from Colorado wins in Are, she will be assured or retaining her crown.

Olympics: Shiffrin inspired by figure skate queens

Mikaela Shiffrin said Saturday she owed her gold medal slalom performance to Russian figure skating champion Adelina Sotnikova. Shiffrin, 18, became the youngest US alpine skiing medallist, and the youngest overall in 30 years, when she finished ahead of Austrian duo Marlies Schild and Kathrin Zettel under the Rosa Khotur floodlights on Friday. But part of her inspiration came from seeing Russia's Sotnikova shock defending champion Kim Yu-Na 24 hours earlier in the women's individual figure skating final.

Olympics: Me, myself, I, says teen queen Shiffrin

Already compared to other greats of alpine skiing at the age of 18, US teen Mikaela Shiffrin insisted Friday she was her own person after being crowned Olympic champion. The teen sensation -- who has completed a rare treble of world championship and Olympic gold as well as the slalom World Cup trophy in just one year -- was unstoppable over two runs on the Rosa Khutor course. In the end, she led with a total time of 1min 44.54sec, ahead of Austrians Marlies Schild -- taking her fourth Olympic medal in three different Games -- and Kathrin Zettel.

Olympics: Topless Chamoun lets skiing do talking

Lebanon's Jackie Chamoun insisted her mind was solely on skiing Friday as she competed in the Olympic slalom, days after footage of a topless photo shoot caused an uproar at home. The 22-year-old finished the first of two runs in 58th place and said she had received plenty of support from people in Sochi and in her home country. Last week, video footage emerged online of a three-year-old photo shoot that showed the skier posing topless in ski boots and skis in Lebanon's Faraya mountains.

Olympics: Shiffrin in pole position for women's slalom

American teenager Mikaela Shiffrin sat in pole position after the first run of the women's Olympic slalom on Friday. Just days after disappointingly finishing fifth in the giant slalom, the reigning world slalom champion clocked 52.62sec to give herself a comfortable 0.49sec lead over Maria Hoefl-Riesch, the German in her Olympic swansong. Slovenia's Tina Maze sat in third at 0.67sec, with Bernadette Schild of Austria the only other skier to finish within one second of Shiffrin, at 0.79sec.

Shiffrin shifts into slalom lead

By Alan Baldwin ROSA KHUTOR, Russia (Reuters) - U.S. ski sensation Mikaela Shiffrin is well on her way to becoming the youngest Olympic slalom champion after leading the final women's race of the Alpine program with a storming first run on Friday. Shiffrin, 18 years and 345 days old but already world champion in the discipline and hot favorite for gold, sped down the 61-gate Rosa Khutor course in an error-free 52.62 seconds on an overcast evening.
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