Hosp wins World Cup slalom as Shiffrin struggles

Pat Graham
Associated Press
Mikaela Shiffrin, of Eagle-Vail, speeds down the course during the women's World Cup slalom Sunday in Aspen. Shiffrin led after the first run but struggled in her second run, finishing fifth overall.

ASPEN — Nicole Hosp of Austria raced to her first World Cup victory since 2008 with a powerful final slalom run Sunday and American Mikaela Shiffrin struggled to a fifth-place finish.

Hosp was nearly a second back after the first run, but glided through the deteriorating course in an unofficial time of 1 minute, 44.90 seconds. She held off Frida Hansdotter of Sweden by 0.19 seconds. Kathrin Zettel of Austria was third for her 10th podium finish at Aspen.

Shiffrin was the leader going into the final run and didn’t have any major mistakes, just a few breaks in her usually solid form. The teenager wound up 1.08 seconds behind Hosp.

This was Hosp’s first World Cup victory since Jan. 13, 2008, in a slalom race at Maribor, Slovenia.

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