Sweden's Jessica Lindell-Vikarby wins giant slalom

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Sweden's Jessica Lindell-Vikarby bends a gate as she heads down course during the first run of the women's World Cup giant slalom skiing event, in Beaver Creek, Colo., Sunday, Dec. 1, 2013. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)
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BEAVER CREEK, Colo. (AP) — Jessica Lindell-Vikarby of Sweden won a World Cup giant slalom Sunday, holding off 18-year-old American Mikaela Shiffrin with a fluid final run.

Lindell-Vikarby finished the two runs on a demanding Beaver Creek course in 2 minutes, 17.92 seconds, with Shiffrin 0.09 seconds behind. Tina Weirather of Liechtenstein took third.

Shiffrin is a slalom specialist who has worked all offseason on improving her giant slalom technique. This was her first top-three finish in the event.

The teenager was accorded the Lindsey Vonn treatment by fans. They cheered the skier from nearby Eagle-Vail by ringing cow bells and holding signs with her picture on it. Vonn skipped the race to rest her right knee after a recent crash during training.

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