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Mikaela Shiffrin showed off big time. © ANSA / Pontus Lundahl

Mikaela Shiffrin is back with a bang

Mikaela Shiffrin's comeback was eagerly awaited. On Sunday the time had come at the slalom in Åre - and the American did not disappoint in the first round.

Mikaela Shiffrin suffered a knee injury in a bad fall in Cortina d'Ampezzo and had to sit out for six weeks. Now the American has returned and competed in a race again for the first time in Åre. After the first round of the slalom, the American is where you would expect her: in first place.

Although Shiffrin wasn't as dominant as she was before her injury, she crossed the finish line in the Swedish winter wonderland two hundredths of a second ahead of the Swiss Michelle Gisin. Zrinka Ljutic, the Croatian whiz kid, is in third place, eleven hundredths behind.

>>> Click here for the report from the second round <<

“It’s very special to be back. I'm happy that I can still race this season. My knee is okay and even though I only did four real slalom training sessions, I feel good,” Shiffrin told ORF. By the way, the superstar can secure the slalom crystal ball during his comeback. The decision in Åre took place at 13.30 p.m.

Brignone surprised

The best Austrian is Katharina Huber, who is in 5th place at halftime. Meanwhile, no one from the Azzurre can be found in the top positions, but three made it into the second round. Martina Peterlini, Federica Brignone and Lara Della Mea are in 23rd, 25th and 27th place. Brignone strapped her slalom skis to her shoes for the first time in ages on Sunday. From this point of view, their placement is remarkable. Vera Tschurtschenthaler from Sexten did not make it into the top 30.

The results of the 1st run

1.Mikaela ShiffrinUSA49,94 sec
2.Michelle GisinSUI+0,02
3.Zrinka LjuticCRO+0,11
4.Lena DürrGER+0,24
5.Katharina HuberTUE+0,69
6.Katharina GallhuberTUE+0,78
7.Paula MoltzanUSA+0,95
8.Anna Swenn LarssonSWE+0,96
Katharina LiensbergerTUE+0,96
10.Dzenifera GermaneLAT+1,06
23.Martina PeterliniITA+2,05
25.Federico BrignoneITA+2,19
27.Lara Della MeaITA+2,33
35.Marta RossettiITA+2,59
40.Vera TschurtschenthalerITA/Sexten+2,90
43.Lucrezia LorenziITA+3,35


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