Shiffrin leads opening World Cup slalom run in Sestriere

SESTRIERE, Italy (AP) Olympic champion Mikaela Shiffrin led the opening run of a World Cup slalom race Sunday despite a big error about 10 gates in.

Aiming to win the 11th consecutive slalom she has entered, Shiffrin held a slim 0.12-second lead over Veronika Velez Zuzulova of Slovakia and was 0.30 in front of Frida Hansdotter of Sweden.

On the upper section of the hard and icy Giovanni Agnelli course, Shiffrin lost control briefly and the American had to spread her skis apart to regain her balance.

Shiffrin holds an eight-point lead in the overall standings ahead of defending overall champion Lara Gut, who was nearly two seconds behind in the opening run but did qualify for the second leg.

Shiffrin also led the first run of Saturday's giant slalom but finished sixth.