Feb 15, 2014; Krasnaya Polyana, RUSSIA; Alpine ski racer Mikaela Shiffrin during a press conference at Gorki Media Center. Mandatory Credit: Andrew P. Scott-USA TODAY Sports

Sochi Olympics: Mikaela Shiffrin in gold medal position after first slalom run

18-year-old United States alpine skier Mikaela Shiffrin failed to medal in her Olympic debut, but she is in great position following the first run in the ladies slalom on Friday morning, which is her signature event.

Shiffrin recorded a time of 52.62 seconds on her first run, which landed her in gold medal position by nearly half a second heading into the final run later this morning. She is just ahead of Germany’s Maria Hoefl-Riesch, who won the super combined in Sochi and is the reigning Olympic champion in the ladies slalom.

Tina Maze of Slovenia, who already has two Sochi gold medals to her name, is just behind Hoefl-Riesch in third-place.

We are set up for an exciting final run in the ladies slalom, which begins at 11:15 a.m. ET.

Live coverage will be available at NBC Olympics Live Extra.

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Tags: 2014 Winter Olympics Alpine Skiing Mikaela Shiffrin Sochi Olympics Team USA

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