Shiffrin in 2nd after first run |

Shiffrin in 2nd after first run

Pat Graham
AP Sports Writer
Switzerland's Lara Gut waves at the finish area following her run in the women's World Cup super-G skiing event, in Beaver Creek, Colo., Saturday, Nov. 30, 2013. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

BEAVER CREEK — Jessica Lindell-Vikarby of Sweden had the fastest time in the first run of a World Cup giant slalom Sunday, taking a slight lead over 18-year-old American Mikaela Shiffrin.

Lindell-Vikarby finished the challenging Beaver Creek course in 1 minute, 6.69 seconds. She built nearly a half-second advantage over Shiffrin, a slalom specialist who has worked all offseason on improving her giant slalom technique in.

Shiffrin was accorded the Lindsey Vonn treatment by fans, who mobbed her for autographs as the skier from nearby Eagle-Vail made her way out of the finish area. Vonn is skipping the race to rest her right knee after a recent crash during training.

Lara Gut of Switzerland struggled on the course and didn’t finish. She won the downhill and super-G the last two days.

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