Mikaela Shiffrin becomes youngest-ever slalom gold medalist in Olympics

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Mikaela Shiffrin - Women's Alpine Skiing

Mikaela Shiffrin, 18, is a member of the U.S. Olympic Team and is competing in women's alpine skiing. (Photo: Team USA/Long Photography)

SOCHI, Russia — American skier Mikaela Shiffrin won a gold medal in women’s slalom at the Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia on Friday.

Shiffrin,18, is the youngest-ever Olympic slalom champion of either gender.

Her time was 1 minute, 44.54 seconds. Marlies Schild and Kathrin Zettel, both of Austria, won the silver and bronze medals, respectively.

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