ARE, Sweden (AP) — Frida Hansdotter of Sweden led the women's World Cup slalom after the first run, clocking 53.88 seconds on the floodlit Olympia course on Thursday.
American Mikaela Shiffrin scored the second-best time, 0.15 behind Hansdotter. Maria Pietilae-Holmner, another Swede, was third, 0.09 further down. Hansdotter finished fifth in Wednesday's giant slalom. She has two podium finishes in her career but no wins. The 17-year-old Shiffrin is also chasing her first win, having scored two podiums this year.
World Cup overall leader Tina Maze clocked fourth, 0.29 behind Hansdotter. Erin Mielzynski of Canada was fifth, technical specialist Tanja Poutiainen of Finland sixth, and the discipline's World Cup leader, Maria Hoefl-Riesch of Germany, seventh.
Hoefl-Riesch trails Hansdotter by 0.73 seconds.