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Record-seeking Shiffrin tops times in Kronplatz giant slalom opener

(AFP)

Mikaela Shiffrin took a step towards a record-breaking 83rd women’s alpine skiing World Cup win on Tuesday after topping the times in the first giant slalom run in Kronplatz.

American star Shiffrin clocked 58.72 seconds in Italy, 0.13sec ahead of reigning giant slalom world champion Lara Gut-Behrami, with home hope Federica Brignone 0.27sec off the pace in third.

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“There were some spots where I was skiing very strong, but not always taking on the speed,” said Shiffrin.

“I felt very, very good on the start, so it’s just taking that skiing and being a bit more aggressive on the rest of the course.”

Victory in the Dolomites would break a tie with now-retired Lindsey Vonn as the female skiers with most wins on the elite alpine circuit.

Shiffrin and Vonn are locked on 82 World Cup wins apiece, four behind the overall record of 86 held by Swedish legend Ingemar Stenmark, who dominated the men’s slalom and giant slalom disciplines for a decade from 1975 before retiring in 1989.

The 27-year can make history in the day’s second run which will start at 1230 GMT.

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