American teenage sensation Mikaela Shiffrin began the New Year in style by winning a world cup slalom race in the Italian resort of Bormio.
In the rainy conditions the 18-year-old led by three hundredths of a second after the opening run.
The defending world cup champion in the discipline extended that lead in the second run to claim her sixth career race win and second slalom triumph of the season.
Maria Pietilae-Holmner of Sweden took the runners up spot in the first ladies’ World Cup slalom race held in Bormio since the 2008 World Cup Finals.
Wearing bib number 13 she surprised the field crossing the line in second place following the morning run and then held tight to her podium placing with a solid second effort down.
She was 0.13 seconds off the pace:
Rounding off the podium in third place was French slalom specialist Nastasia Noens.
The 25-year-old from Nice celebrated only her second career podium when she propelled herself 13 places up the leaderboard after a dazzling second run.
Shiffrin now leads the discipline standings by 62 points over 2012 slalom world cup champion Marlies Schild of Austria who had won the previous two events.
There are four slalom races remaining this season.