It’s Shiffrin vs. Schild in the Olympic slalom

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KRASNAYA POLYANA, Russia (AP) - Flip the switch. After eight daytime races, the Sochi Olympics’ last two events are after hours and under lights.

After a day off Thursday, the women’s slalom is Friday night, followed by men’s slalom a day later.

Here are five things to know about Alpine skiing entering the final two events:


SHIFFRIN VS. SCHILD: American teenager Mikaela Shiffrin has won three slalom races this season and her role model from Austria, Marlies Schild, has won two.

So it’s shaping up as a battle between Shiffrin and Schild under the Friday night lights.

And it could be decided by the condition of the snow.

“If it’s softer snow like this I think Shiffrin has the advantage. Because Marlies likes skiing on hard ice,” said Peter Schroecksnadel, the president of the Austrian ski federation.

But the steepness of the slalom course could favor Schild, who took silver behind Maria Hoefl-Riesch four years ago in Vancouver and holds the World Cup record with 35 slalom wins.

“Yeah, she likes steep but she also likes hard,” Schroecksnadel said.

LIGHTS ON: The slalom events will be the first night races on the Alpine slopes.

The first runs will start in waning daylight at 4:45 p.m. (7:45 a.m. EST, 1245 GMT) and the second legs will begin at 8:15 p.m. (11:15 a.m. EST, 1615 GMT), after sundown.

In night races last month, 19-year-old Henrik Kristoffersen of Norway won in Schladming, Austria, for his first career victory; and Felix Neureuther of Germany won in Bormio, Italy. Marcel Hirscher was second in both of those races.

Also, Shiffrin won a night race in Flachau, Austria, last month.

MARCEL’S MOOD: Overall World Cup leader Marcel Hirscher was not in a good mood after finishing fourth in Wednesday’s giant slalom - the second consecutive Olympics that he has finished one spot off the podium in GS.

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