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U.S. teen world slalom champ

Sun., Feb. 17, 2013

American teenager Mikaela Shiffrin became the youngest women’s slalom world champion in 39 years on Saturday in Schladming, Austria. At the age of 17 years, 340 days, Shiffrin beat all of her more experienced rivals to earn the U.S. Ski Team its fourth gold and fifth medal overall at the worlds, more than any other nation. “It’s such a crazy day,” Shiffrin said. “It’s so emotional … I don’t know yet, I can’t feel yet. It’s amazing.” The 17-year-old Shiffrin (pictured) was third after the opening run but finished in a combined time of 1 minute, 39.85 seconds to beat Michaela Kirchgasser of Austria by 0.22 and Frida Hansdotter of Sweden by 0.26. “I keep saying it, I keep thinking it. It doesn’t make sense. It’s just me,” Shiffrin said when being asked how it felt to be world champion. – Associated Press

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