Posted: Dec 29, 2013 3:46 AM
Updated: Dec 29, 2013 3:46 AM
LIENZ, Austria (AP) American teenager Mikaela Shiffrin led a women's World Cup slalom after the first run Sunday, positioning herself for a record fifth victory of the calendar year.
Shiffrin was slowed by a mistake toward the end of her run before finishing in 56.16 seconds, 0.22 faster than Maria Pietilae-Holmner of Sweden. Kathrin Zettel of Austria came 0.25 back in third.
Austria's Marlies Schild, who is chasing her 36th slalom victory, trailed Shiffrin by 0.69 in sixth.
At 18 years and 291 days old, Shiffrin can become the youngest female skier to win five World Cup slaloms in one calendar year, beating the record set by Croatian standout Janica Kostelic in 2000.
Shiffrin has been dominating slalom racing in 2013, winning the world title and the World Cup discipline title.