Shiffrin holds big lead in World Cup slalom in Vermont

KILLINGTON, Vt. (AP) Overall World Cup leader Mikaela Shiffrin holds a big lead after the first run of a World Cup slalom.

The American started first in her favorite discipline Sunday and finished in 44.30 seconds at Killington.

Slovakia's Veronika Velez Zuzulova was next, 0.65 seconds back. She was followed by Switzerland's Wendy Holdener in 44.24; Norway's Nina Loeseth, runner-up in Saturday's giant slalom, in 44.55; and Slovakia's Petra Vlhova in 44.87.

Shiffrin attended Burke Mountain Academy in northern Vermont and was clearly the crowd favorite. She has won her last four World Cup slaloms, including the first of this season in Finland. She skied well on the top of the course but dominated the steep part of the run.

This weekend's World Cup races are the first for Killington and the first in 38 years in Vermont.