Mikaela Shiffrin falters in WC race

KRANJSKA GORA, Slovenia -- Frida Hansdotter of Sweden won her first women's World Cup race in heavy snow on Sunday after American teen Mikaela Shiffrin failed to hold on to her opening-run lead.

Hansdotter, who trailed Shiffrin by 0.31 seconds going into the final run, finished in an overall time of 1 minute, 50.17 seconds. The Swede had been runner-up in eight slaloms before, including two this season.

Austrian sisters Marlies and Bernadette Schild were third and fourth, coming 0.05 and 0.15 behind respectively.

The last racer on the visibly deteriorating course, Shiffrin caught a hole in the snow early in her final run and was thrown forward. She recovered but, having lost her pace, ended up 0.72 behind Hansdotter in seventh.

It was the final women's World Cup race before the Sochi Olympics.

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