Skiing: American Mikaela Shiffrin wins a World Cup race for the first time

Last Updated: 20/12/12 7:59pm

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Mikaela Shiffrin: had twice before finished on the podium, including in Finland this year

Mikaela Shiffrin: had twice before finished on the podium, including in Finland this year

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American teenager Mikaela Shiffrin claimed her first World Cup victory by triumphing in the slalom in Are, Sweden.

The 17-year-old clocked a combined time of one minute and 45.36 seconds over her two runs to edge out Sweden's Frida Hansdotter, who had led after the first race.

"My heart just stopped and it will take me a year to realise what I've just done. I was just trying to fly," said Shiffrin, who is a former junior world bronze medallist.

Shiffrin had previously finished third on two occasions before in her career, including in the slalom in Levi, Finland, last month.

Current World Cup leader Tina Maze of Slovenia was third, 0.52 seconds off the pace.

She now leads the overall standings with 919 points, 387 more than nearest rival Maria Hoefl-Riesch of Germany. The season moves on to the Austrian resort of Lienz for the final two races of 2012.

Austrian world champion Marlies Schild injured and overall World Cup holder Lindsey Vonn of the United States are both set to return to the slopes in the New Year.

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