Posted: Feb 16, 2013 3:21 AM
Updated: Feb 16, 2013 3:22 AM
SCHLADMING, Austria (AP) Frida Hansdotter of Sweden held a slim lead after the opening run of the slalom Saturday, the final women's event of the skiing world championships.
Hansdotter went down the Streicher course in 50.41 seconds. The top four finished within one-fifth of a second of each other.
Tanja Poutiainen of Finland was 0.17 back, World Cup discipline leader Mikaela Shiffrin of the United States trailed by 0.18, and Olympic slalom champion Maria Hoefl-Riesch of Germany has 0.20 to make up in the final run.
Tina Maze of Slovenia, chasing her fourth medal of the worlds, was 0.47 back. Defending champion Marlies Schild of Austria, who has returned from a two-month injury break, finished 1.43 behind.
Hansdotter is yet to win a World Cup slalom, coming second in four races this season.