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Shiffrin claims slalom win

Mikaela Shiffrin sounded further notice of her Winter Olympic gold medal potential with a fine World Cup slalom win in Bormio, Italy.

The 18-year-old from Colorado held a narrow advantage over Maria Pietilae-Holmner after a first run of 57.72 seconds and survived a slow second split in the second to win by 0.13 seconds.

France's Nastasia Noens completed the podium after a flying second run which lifted her from 13th place.

Indeed, she held off 11 higher-placed challengers to remain in the leader's enclosure until Pietilae-Holmner - known as 'MPH' - lived up to that moniker with a second run of one minute, 2.79 seconds, securing the lead despite losing more than half of her 1.1sec advantage over Noens.

Shiffrin was just three hundredths ahead of the Swede from the first run and though she extended that to three tenths on the first sector, she was just one hundredth ahead at the second split.

She kept her nerve, though, to pull ahead again on the run to the finish line in an event scheduled to replace the cancelled races in Zagreb, Croatia.

It was Shiffrin's second win of the season, the sixth of her career and her fourth podium finish in her last six races.

She leads the World Cup slalom standings by 62 points from Marlies Schild, who finished sixth on Sunday, while Germany's Maria Hoefl-Riesch holds a narrow two-point advantage from Liechtenstein's Tina Weirather in the overall standings despite failing to finish.