Gold medals for Shiffrin and Svindal, Muzaferija takes 44th place in women’s giant slalom

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Mikaela Shiffrin won her second career Olympic gold medal with Thursday’s win in the giant slalom at the 23rd Olympic Winter Games in PyeongChang. 

The 22-year-old American trailed by 0.20 seconds after her first run, but produced almost errorless performance in her second try down the course to become only the third American skier to win two gold medals in alpine skiing - after Andrea Mead-Lawrence and Ted Ligety.

Shiffrin’s combined time of 2:20.02 was 0.39 seconds better than Norway’s Ragnhild Mowinckel, who took the silver.

Federica Brignone finished 0.46 seconds off the pace to become the first Italian woman in 16 years to win an alpine skiing medal.

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Elvedina Muzaferija of Bosnia and Herzegovina ended the race in 44th position, 14.88 seconds behind Shiffrin.

Also on Thursday, Aksel Lund Svindal became the first Norwegian to take men’s downhill gold.

His teammate Kjetil Jansrud took the silver, finishing 0.12 seconds behind Svindal. Current world champion Beat Feuz of Switzerland won the bronze medal.

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35-year-old Svindal also became the oldest Olympic gold medalist in alpine skiing; he is three months older than Austria’s Mario Matt was in 2014 when he won the Olympic slalom in Sochi.

Svindal won silver in downhill at the 2010 Vancouver Olympics, and was fourth at the 2014 Sochi Olympics; he also won world championship gold medals in downhill in 2007 and 2013.