Mikaela Shiffrin won the women's slalom at the Alpine World Ski Championships
Last Updated: 16/02/13 2:49pm
Mikaela Shiffrin: Raced to victory at the Alpine World Ski Championships
'Slalom princess' Mikaela Shiffrin came of age in Austria on Saturday as she was crowned women's slalom world champion.
The American sensation fully lived up to her nickname at Schladming by clocking an aggregate time over both runs of one minutes 39.85 seconds to finish first in a nail-biting race.
Austria's Michaela Kirchgasser topped her much-favoured compatriots for second place 0.22secs back, while Sweden's Frida Hansdotter was third at 0.26sec.
The win for 17-year-old Shiffrin consolidated the US team's dominant run at the championships, after Ted Ligety's three gold medals and Julia Mancuso's super-G bronze.
Despite a couple of small mistakes, the teenager - in only her second season - demonstrated again her incredible form which has seen her take three slalom wins this winter to top the World Cup rankings in this discipline.
Third after the first run, she put in a blazing second effort to take the win, although she admitted afterwards that her victory had yet to sink in.
"I don't know if I ever will. It was crazy, there are so many emotions today," she said.
"I thought I skied solid but probably not to be my potential, my legs were tired. Then two minutes before the start of the second run, I felt it and I knew."