Mikaela Shiffrin leads after first run in women’s slalom


Expected to be a gold medal contender in the women’s slalom, U.S. Alpine skiing phenom Mikaela Shiffrin didn’t disappoint on her opening run.

Shiffrin carved through the course in a time of 52.62 seconds. As of this writing, she’s almost half a second faster than Germany’s Maria Hoefl-Riesch, the defending Olympic champion and a Sochi winner in the super combined.

Slovenia’s Tina Maze, seeking her third Sochi gold after triumphs in the downhill and giant slalom, is just an additional .18 of a second behind Hoefl-Riesch in third position.

Austria’s Bernadette Schild is fourth and countryman Marlies Schild – the 2010 silver medalist in this event – is in sixth.

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NBCOlympics.com’s Alan Abrahamson is attending the event at Rosa Khutor. Here are some of his thoughts after Shiffrin’s first run:

The second and final run goes off at 11:15 a.m. ET. CLICK HERE TO WATCH IT LIVE.