LENZERHEIDE, Switzerland (AP) -- Olympic champion Mikaela Shiffrin took a huge 1.57 seconds lead in the first run of the World Cup Finals slalom on Saturday.
The 19-year-old American, who already won the season-long slalom title, timed 1 minute, 5.42 seconds through the lengthy course of 74 gates.
Sweden's Frida Hansdotter was second and her teammate Maria Pietilae-Holmner was third, with 1.70 seconds to make up on Shiffrin in the second run this afternoon.
Tina Maze of Slovenia, whom Shiffrin edged for the slalom title here last season, was 5.65 seconds back in 20th. Reports in Slovenia this week suggested changes in Maze's private coaching team are planned.
Shiffrin is seeking to win her fifth World Cup slalom this season.