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Mikaela Shiffrin wins slalom opener

Updated: November 16, 2013, 10:43 AM ET
Associated Press

LEVI, Finland -- Mikaela Shiffrin sent an unmistakable message leading to the Sochi Olympics.

The 18-year-old American easily won the World Cup slalom opener Saturday, beating reigning Olympic champion Maria Hoefl-Riesch of Germany by more than a second.

"I'm really happy with how the day went, and I'm also really excited because it looks like there are some pretty fast girls in the back of the pack," Shiffrin said. "I'm excited for the Olympics for sure but there are a couple of ...

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