Shiffrin leads women's slalom after 1st run of comeback race

CRANS-MONTANA, Switzerland (AP) Mikaela Shiffrin is leading a women's World Cup slalom after the first leg of her comeback race.

The American posted a time of 42.83 seconds, 0.27 faster than World Cup slalom leader Frida Hansdotter of Sweden and 0.33 ahead of Veronika Velez-Zuzulova of Slovakia.

It is Shiffrin's first race since tearing a ligament in her right knee in December.

The Olympic and world slalom champion only started skiing again two weeks ago but announced last Monday that she would compete in Crans-Montana after a race that was canceled in Maribor was rescheduled.

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 five slalom races stretching back to last season.