US skier Shiffrin dominates field to win World Cup slalom

Mikaela Shiffrin of the United States competes on her way to clock the fastest time during the first run of an alpine ski, women's World Cup slalom in Sljeme, Zagreb, Croatia, Sunday, Jan. 4, 2015. (AP Photo/Giovanni Auletta)
Mikaela Shiffrin of the United States competes on her way to clock the fastest time during the first run of an alpine ski, women's World Cup slalom in Sljeme, Zagreb, Croatia, Sunday, Jan. 4, 2015. (AP Photo/Giovanni Auletta)

ZAGREB, Croatia (AP) – American skier Mikaela Shiffrin extended a commanding first-run lead to win a World Cup slalom by a huge margin on Sunday.

The Olympic champion posted the fastest time in both runs to finish in an aggregate 1 minute, 56.66 seconds and lead second-place Kathrin Zettel of Austria by 1.68 seconds.

Nina Loeseth of Norway was 2.79 back in third for her first career podium finish, while the rest of the field trailed Shiffrin by more than three seconds.

It was Shiffrin’s 12th career World Cup win and 11th in slalom, matching a World Cup record set in 1980 by France’s Perrine Pelen for most slalom wins as a teenager.

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