Shiffrin begins Games with giant slalom gold

From ESPN - February 14, 2018

PYEONGCHANG, South Korea -- One Olympic gold medal down for Mikaela Shiffrin. More just might be on deck.

Shiffrin, 22, used a hard-charging final run to win the giant slalom Thursday for her second career Olympic title. The American trailed by 0.20 seconds after the first run, but she powered through a course filled with ruts to quickly make up time in the second.

Shiffrin ended up 0.39 seconds ahead of Ragnhild Mowinckel of Norway at Yongpyong Alpine Center. Federica Brignone of Italy took bronze, 0.46 behind Shiffrin's combined time of 2 minutes, 20.02 seconds. First-run leader Manuela Moelgg of Italy wound up eighth.

At the 2014 Sochi Games, Shiffrin won the slalom title at age 18. She will defend that title Friday.

It was an ideal day for racing, with the temperature around 21 degrees Fahrenheit (minus-6 degrees Celsius) and the wind about 8 mph (13 kph). That's quite a difference from the past few days when three of the opening four races were postponed because of weather and strong wind. The women's giant slalom was initially scheduled for Monday but was moved to Thursday. The slalom was supposed to be Wednesday, but it got pushed to Friday.


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