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Mikaela Shiffrin in great spot in slalom

First Published      Last Updated Feb 21 2014 08:45 am

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.

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.