Mikaela Shiffrin wins season-opening World Cup slalom

LEVI, Finland — World Cup champion Mikaela Shiffrin of the United States won the opening race of the Women’s World Cup on Saturday for her 48th victory in the slalom.

No other skier has won more titles in a single competition.

Shiffrin climbed to the top with the second fastest run after placing third in the first run in foggy conditions in Finnish Lapland to beat Anna Swenn Larsson of Sweden by 0.16 of a second.

Olympic slalom champion and last season’s World Cup slalom winner Petra Vlhová of Slovakia was third, four hundredths of a second behind.

Shiffrin and Vlhova have won five slalom events at the Finnish resort.

Another American, Ava Sunshine, finished 21st.

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