Mikaela Shiffrin skied to her first world cup victory on Thursday after the American teenager won a slalom race in Are, Sweden.
The 17-year-old, whose previous best world cup placing was third, was second fastest after the first run but blew the field away in the final leg to enjoy her maiden victory. A victory that has put her top of the discipline standings ahead of Maria Hoefl-Riesch of Germany.
Shiffrin’s combined winning time of 1 minute and 45.36 seconds was three tenths of a second quicker than Sweden’s Frida Hansdotter who thrilled the home crowd with the runners-up spot.
The 27-year-old slalom specialist had looked good for the win after finishing the first leg top of the leaderboard, but she failed to match Shiffrin’s pace in the second and slipped down the podium.
Tina Maze was third for the second time in as many days. The Slovenian, who rounded off the podium in Wednesday’s giant slalom, extended her lead at the top of the overall world cup standings to a massive 387 points clear of Hoefl-Riesch.