Shiffrin wins WC slalom in first race after 2 months out

CRANS-MONTANA, Switzerland (AP) Mikaela Shiffrin is back.

Two perfect runs saw the American win a women's World Cup slalom by almost half a second on Monday, in her first race after two months out with injury.

Leading after the first run, Shiffrin finished 0.45 seconds faster than Nastasia Noens of France, and 0.50 ahead of Marie-Michele Gagnon of Canada.

It was Shiffrin's first race since tearing a ligament in her right knee in December. The Olympic and world slalom champion started skiing again only two weeks ago.

Shiffrin won two slaloms this season – both in Aspen, Colorado, and both by big margins – before the training mishap in Sweden. She has won her last six slaloms stretching back to last season.