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