SEMMERING, Austria (AP) — Mikaela Shiffrin led a women’s World Cup giant slalom Friday after a tight opening run with only six hundredths of a second separating the top four racers.
The Olympic champion from the United States trailed then leader Stephanie Brunner by 0.15 at the final split time but used a strong finish to beat the Austrian’s time by 0.02.
Shiffrin can become the first skier, male or female, to win 15 World Cup races in a single calendar year. She currently shares the best mark of 14 with men’s overall champion Marcel Hirscher of Austria.
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Ragnhild Mowinckel of Norway was 0.03 behind in third, with Petra Vlhova of Slovakia another 0.03 further behind in fourth.
Former two-time overall champion Anna Veith of Austria had 0.12 to make up in the second run.
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