US teen Mikaela Shiffrin wins World Cup slalom

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She has certainly learnt how to make Hansdotter wait for her first career win again. Hansdotter has finished second in eight races - and on five occasions Shiffrin was the winner.

“I hope I don’t have to wait much longer,” Hansdotter said. “Maybe I’ve waited long enough and (my first win) comes in Sochi. I skied really good but I know I can do better. Mikaela was unbeatable today.”

Schild, who holds the all-time record for most slalom wins with 35, shared third with Hansdotter after the opening run. However, the Austrian fell in her second run, although she got up to complete the course.

Shiffrin, who won here last year, used an impeccable first run to build a valuable lead on the Griessenkar course. Only Hoefl-Riesch finished within a second.

“I let it go and it was incredible.” Shiffrin said after the first run. “It’s a really great feeling.”

Schild avoided any obvious mistakes to take an early lead, but the loud Austrian crowd of 14,100 was silenced when Shiffrin turned out to be faster at every split time.

“At every gate, I was just letting my skis go a little bit more and then you can get over a second,” Shiffrin said.

The annual night slalom is the race with the highest prize money on the women’s World Cup circuit, with the winner taking home euro43,750 ($59,800).

The event in Flachau was the penultimate slalom on the women’s calendar before the Sochi Olympics next month.

The women’s World Cup travels to Cortina, Italy, for speed races this weekend.

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