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LIENZ, Austria (Dec. 29) – Sixteen-year-old Mikaela Shiffrin (Eagle-Vail, CO) posted the fastest second run time to capture the first Audi FIS Alpine World Cup podium of her young career with third in the Lienz. Shiffrin, who became the youngest U.S. champion in history last spring with a slalom victory at the Putnam Investments U.S. Alpine Championships, finished behind Marlies Schild of Austria and Slovenian Tina Maze. Schild has won every World Cup slalom this season.
Shiffrin is USA TODAY’s Olympic Athlete of the Week. Click here for the full story.