Mikaela Shiffrin of the USA competes in the first run of the women's slalom.
KRASNAYA POLYANA, Russia - American teenager Mikaela Shiffrin has made history.
Shiffrin, 18, of Eagle-Vail, Colo., became the youngest champion in the Olympic women's slalom on Friday when she defeated a strong field at the Sochi Olympics.
Shiffrin had the fastest first-run time (53.29) of a Murderer's Row of slalom aces on a cold, overcast afternoon in the Caucasus Mountains. She came back in for the second run, in a night session under the lights, and did what she needed to do to secure the gold.
Shiffrin finished with a two-run time of 1:44.54, .53 clear of the field. Two Austrians, Marlies Schild and Kathrin Zettel, were second and third.
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