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Mikaela Shiffrin in great spot in slalom

Mikaela Shiffrin is in excellent position to win the second U.S. gold medal in Alpine skiing and the eighth gold overall for the Park City-based U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association in the Games.

Shiffrin skied the first run of Friday's women's slalom in 52.62 seconds, .49 seconds ahead of Germany's Maria Hoefl-Riesch. The lead is almost equivalent to Ted Ligety's first-run advantage in the longer giant slalom event that he won Wednesday.

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The second run begins at 9:15 a.m. MST. As the leader, Shiffin will ski 30th.

Resi Stiegler, formerly of Park City, stands 20th after the first run and Salt Lake City resident Julia Ford is 30th.



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