Shiffrin back on form, leads 1st run of World Cup slalom

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Shiffrin back on form, leads 1st run of World Cup slalom
United States' Mikaela Shiffrin speeds down the course during the first run of an alpine ski, women's World Cup slalom, in Lenzerheide, Switzerland, Sunday, Jan. 28, 2018. (AP Photo/Alessandro Trovati)

LENZERHEIDE, Switzerland (AP) — Mikaela Shiffrin got back to her favorite event and back on the top of the leaderboard in a World Cup slalom on Sunday.

Unbeaten in slalom since November, the American star was 0.65 seconds faster in the first run than Wendy Holdener of Switzerland.

Third-placed Frida Hansdotter of Sweden had 0.83 to make up on Shiffrin in the second run in the afternoon.

Shiffrin started the year with five straight World Cup wins, including three in traditional slalom, to extend her big lead in the overall World Cup standings. However, her winless streak is now five races since the last slalom on Jan. 9 at Flachau, Austria.

After a cautious start Sunday, Shiffrin raced down the bottom half of the course at least 0.78 faster than any rival.