Shiffrin makes slalom statement in Levi


FIS Alpine Skiing World Cup overall favourite Mikaela Shiffrin eased to a first victory of the season with a brilliant slalom exhibition in Levi on a day to forget for Frida Hansdotter.

Shiffrin won the first two slalom races last year before suffering a knee injury and the American followed up a second-place finish in the season-opening race in Solden last month by making a major statement in Finland.

The 21-year-old won three consecutive slalom globes before a spell out of action put paid to her hopes of taking a fourth in a row, but she will take some stopping in the 2016-17 campaign.

Shiffrin laid down a marker with a first run of 56.09 seconds and followed that up with 56.52secs to win by commanding a margin of 0.67secs from Wendy Holdener on Saturday.

Defending slalom champion Hansdotter and Holdener were tied for second after the opening run - 0.72secs off the pace - and the Swiss sealed the runner-up spot ahead of Petra Vlhova.

Hansdotter finished the day empty-handed after a mistake on her second run which left her just about avoiding crashing down.

Shiffrin leads the overall standings with 180 points, with Lara Gut second after her victory in Solden.

The Colorado native's win comes a day after it was revealed that overall title rival and compatriot Lindsey Vonn broke her arm in training.