Shiffrin wins in Flachau

Shiffrin from the US clears a gate during her second run of the Alpine Skiing World Cup women's slalom ski race in FlachauMikaela Shiffrin from the U.S. clears a gate during her second run of the Alpine Skiing World Cup women’s slalom ski race in Flachau, January 15, 2013. (REUTERS/ Dominic Ebenbichler)

By Patrick Lang

FLACHAU, Austria, Jan 15 (Reuters) – Teenager Mikaela Shiffrin entered the record books with her third slalom victory of the season in Flachau on Tuesday.

Shiffrin, in her first year on the circuit, clocked one minute and 51.45 seconds to beat Sweden’s Frida Hansdotter by 0.85 seconds.

Finn Tanja Poutiainen, who started her World Cup career when Shiffrin was only two years old, was third, 1.10 seconds adrift.

Shiffrin’s victory was perhaps a little luckier than her previous two as German Olympic champion Maria Hoefl-Riesch was leading comfortably when she straddled a gate near the finish on the second run.

While Shiffrin strengthened her lead in the slalom standings, overall World Cup leader Tina Maze finished fifth and increased her lead over Hoefl-Riesch to 590 points.

The women’s World Cup moves to Cortina d’Ampezzo at the weekend for a downhill and a Super-G.

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