US Teen Shiffrin Leads WCup Slalom Ahead Of Maze

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ZAGREB, Croatia (AP) - American teenager Mikaela Shiffrin posted the fastest time in the first leg of a slalom Friday, beating overall World Cup leader Tina Maze of Slovenia by 0.35 seconds.

The 17-year-old Shiffrin, who won her first race last month to briefly lead the slalom standings, came down the Crveni Spust course in 59.26 seconds.

Maria Pietilae-Holmner of Sweden was third.

Defending overall champion Lindsey Vonn, who returned to training Thursday after a monthlong break from the circuit, skipped the race. Slalom world champion Marlies Schild of Austria had been ruled out for three months after knee surgery in December.

The course was in excellent condition despite rising temperatures in the last few days.