Olympic Alpine Skiing 2014: Live Results and Highlights of Women's Slalom

Carol Schram@pool88Featured ColumnistFebruary 21, 2014

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American prodigy Mikaela Shiffrin accomplished her goal, winning gold in the women's slalom on Friday at Rosa Khutor Alpine Center.

At 18, Shiffrin becomes the youngest-ever gold medalist in the event and adds a fifth Olympic medal to the trophy case for the 2014 U.S. ski team.

The 2013 world champion led the pack by .49 seconds after the first run. While second-place Maria Hoefl-Riesch of Germany and third-place Tina Maze of Slovenia both faltered on their second runs to finish out of the medals, Shiffrin was able to recover from her own small mid-course error to finish .53 seconds ahead of her nearest rival.

The Austrian legends stepped up in the second run, with Marlies Schild laying down a great ski to capture silver while her teammate Kathrin Zettel edged out defending champion Hoefl-Riesch for her first Olympic medal, a bronze.

Julia Ford of the U.S. finished in 24th spot, while Resi Stiegler crashed for a DNF.

 

Final Results:

 

Gold: Mikaela Shiffrin - United States - 1:44.54

Silver: Marlies Schild - Austria - 1:45:07

Bronze: Kathrin Zettel - Austria - 1:45:35

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