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Shiffrin fourth after first run in worlds giant slalom

United States' Mikaela Shiffrin, center, shows her gold medal of the women's super-G, flanked by silver medallist Italy's Sofia Goggia, left, and bronze medal's Switzerland's Corinne Suter, at the alpine ski World Championships in Are, Sweden, Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2019. (AP Photo/Gabriele Facciotti)
Gabriele Facciotti

UPDATE (7:40 a.m.): Former Olympic champion Viktoria Rebensburg took a 0.19 second lead after the first run in the giant slalom at the world championships, with favorite Mikaela Shiffrin 0.44 adrift in fourth place.

Rebensburg’s strong start gave Germany a good chance of a first medal at this year’s worlds in its eighth event. She won Olympic gold in giant slalom in 2010 and silver in the worlds in 2015.

Petra Vlhova was in second place and Ragnhild Mowinckel was third, 0.37 seconds behind Rebensburg.

Shiffrin went down as the second racer on a course shortened because of strong winds and had a rueful look after crossing the line. The American is seeking a second gold at this year’s worlds — and fifth in her career — after winning the super-G. Results were not official as lower-ranked skiers had yet to finish.

The second run starts at 9.45 a.m. MST.

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ARE, Sweden (AP) — Wind and rain could affect the women’s giant slalom at the world championships.

Amid unseasonably warm weather in the Swedish resort of Are, it was raining on the course 90 minutes before the race was to begin.

The first run is slated to start at 6:15 a.m. MST and the second run at 09:45 a.m. MST.

Strong winds on the upper section were also an issue.

Olympic champion Mikaela Shiffrin starts second among 98 competitors.

Shiffrin already won gold in the super-G.