USA dominates skiing again as Mikaela Shiffrin wins gold

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USA dominates skiing again as Mikaela Shiffrin wins gold

Post  Admin on Sat Feb 22, 2014 12:51 am

Showcasing a brilliance rarely seen at such an age, 18-year-old U.S. skiing phenom Mikaela Shiffrin won gold in the slalom, becoming the youngest skier – woman or man – to win the event in the history of the Winter Games.

Shiffrin came dangerously close to spinning off one gate in her second run, but regained control to beat Austria's Marlies Schild for the gold. Shiffrin finished with a two-run combined time of 1:44.54, .53 seconds faster than Schild, who, at age 32, became the oldest woman to medal in slalom. Austria's Kathrin Zettel won the bronze.

Shiffrin delivered the fifth medal for the U.S. Alpine team in Sochi and the second gold, matching Ted Ligety's in the men's giant slalom.


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