American Mikaela Shiffrin finished 15th in a World Cup giant slalom in Are, Sweden, on Thursday evening, her first race since winning the Olympic slalom title.
Austrian Anna Fenninger prevailed in Are in a two-run time of 2 minutes, 26.39 seconds, .21 better than France’s Anemone Marmottan. Swiss Lara Gut and Austrian Eva-Maria Brem shared third.
Fenninger, the Olympic super-G gold medalist and giant slalom silver medalist, moved within 67 points of German Maria Hoefl-Riesch for the overall World Cup lead with six races left. She’s also in second place in the giant slalom season standings, 54 points behind Swede Jessica Lindell-Vikarby.
Marmottan and Brem notched their first career World Cup podiums.
Shiffrin, 18, was skiing in her complementary event to her specialty of slalom. She was fifth in the Olympic giant slalom and ranks sixth in the World Cup season standings in the event.
Racing continues with another giant slalom in Are on Friday and a slalom Saturday.
Are Giant Slalom 1
1. Anna Fenninger (AUT) 2:26.39
2. Anemone Marmottan (FRA) 2:26.60
3. Lara Gut (SUI) 2:26.78
3. Eva-Maria Brem (AUT) 2:26.78
5. Tina Maze (SLO) 2:27.03
6. Jessica Lindell-Vikarby (SWE) 2:27.21
7. Kathrin Zettel (AUT) 2:27.35
8. Maria Pietilae-Holmner (SWE) 2:27.37
9. Federica Brignone (ITA) 2:27.44
10. Manuela Moelgg (ITA) 2:27.66
15. Mikaela Shiffrin (USA) 2:28.55
28. Julia Mancuso (USA) 2:30.72