Sweden's Frida Hansdotter wins women's slalom

Feb. 2, 2014 at 2:05 PM

KRANJSKA GORA, Slovenia, Feb. 2 (UPI) -- Sweden's Frida Hansdotter won her first career World Cup title Sunday at the women's Golden Fox slalom in Slovenia.

Hansdotter turned in a combined two-run time of 1 minute, 50.17 seconds to edge the Schild sisters of Austria, who took second and third places, in the final pre-Olympic Alpine event.

Hansdotter had made the podium eight times before Sunday's, all of which were second-place finishes.

"It was a tough day," Hansdotter said. "Conditions were really soft in the first run, but a bit less so in the second. I did my best and it feels really good to have my first victory."

Hansdotter edged Mariles Schild by a razor-thin 0.05 seconds and Bernadette Schild by 0.15 seconds.

Mikeala Shiffrin of the United States led after the first run, but a mistake early in her second trip down the hill cost her and she wound up in seventh place with a time of 1:50.89.

World Cup overall leader Maria-Hoefl-Riesch of Germany also struggled in the second round and finished 23rd.

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