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SPOILER ALERT: Team USA Teen Takes Gold

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 U.S. teenager Mikaela Shiffrin became the youngest skier to win the Olympic slalom title, following up her 2013 world championship victory in the same discipline.

  The 18-year-old raced into the record books with a combined time of one minute 44.54 seconds to finish 0.53 seconds ahead of Marlies Schild of Austria. Kathrin Zettel, also of Austria, finished third.

  "It is tough to describe my feelings," Shiffrin said. "This has been a dream of mine for a very long time."

  Colarado-born Shiffrin showed her class under the floodlights at the Rosa Khutor Alpine Center.

  A composed first run saw her finish 0.49 seconds ahead of Germany's Maria Hoefl-Riesch, with Tina Maze -- seeking her third gold of the Games -- 0.67 seconds trailing in third at the halfway point.

  But while the Slovenian slid down the standings to eighth and Hoefl-Riesch to slipped to fourth, Shiffrin held her nerve after nearly falling on the icy surface in the second run before skiing home to take gold.

  "It was a crazy moment. I was going very fast and I thought I was not going to make it, it scared me," Shiffrin said.

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