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Mikaela Shiffrin bounces back in Colorado


Mikaela Shiffrin bounces back in Colorado


Local hope Mikaela Shiffrin shook off the frustration of squandering what appeared to be certain victory in Friday’s World Cup giant slalom with a flawless run in Colorado on Saturday.

The reigning Olympic and world champion looked in great shape and completed the course in an impressive two-run combined time of 1 minute, 39.81 seconds to outclass Veronika Velez Zuzulova of Slovakia.

Shiffrin, who more than doubled her lead on the second run with a superb display, was over three seconds clear of her nearest rival. The 20-year-old American has won four straight World Cup slalom races dating to last season – the longest streak in slalom by a female skier since Marlies Schild in 2012.

The battle for a podium place was intense as Sarka Strachova was eventually nudged out of the top three by Sweden’s Frida Hansdotter.

Maria Pietilae-Holmner, who had taken the lead late on with an impressive run, had to settle for fifth place.

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