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U.S. Teen Mikaela Shiffrin Third at Lienz WC Slalom

By December 29, 2011

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kdmvdGet the spelling right - Mikaela Shiffrin - because I think you are going to be hearing a lot about this 16 year old slalom speedster out of Eagle-Vail, CO.

Mikaela posted the fastest second run time to capture the first Audi FIS Alpine World Cup podium of her young career with a third in the Lienz slalom event, behind first place finisher Marlies Schildof Austria and Slovenian Tina Maze.

It was the eighth World Cup start of Shiffrin's career and only her fifth in slalom. "It's been my dream to stand next to Marlies Schild on the podium and I did it," said Shiffren - Schild has won every World Cup slalom this season.

Her podium finish made Shiffren the youngest female skier to podium in World Cup slalom since Tamara McKinney in 1978 and the third youngest American to land a World Cup podium in any discipline behind McKinney and Sandra Poulsen.

While Lindsey Vonn finished 18th and Resi Stiegler 27th, the slalom was the final World Cup start for 15-year veteran and four-time Olympian Sarah Schleper.

The women's World Cup tour returns on Jan. 5 with a slalom in Zagreb, Croatia.

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Mikaela Shiffrin at Lienz Copyright Kevin Pritchard

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