The Latest: Shiffrin fights illness in bid for slalom gold

              United States' Mikaela Shiffrin speeds down the course during the women's slalom, at the alpine ski World Championships in Are, Sweden, Saturday, Feb. 16, 2019. (AP Photo/Gabriele Facciotti)

ARE, Sweden (AP) — The Latest on the skiing world championships (all times local):

6:40 p.m.

Mikaela Shiffrin was joined by her Swedish good luck charm again during her slalom victory.

Shiffrin called Emma Lundell, a young cross-country skier who she met in 2012 on the day of her first career World Cup victory in Are, up to the stage during her post-race news conference.

Lundell, who was battling leukemia and receiving chemotherapy treatment when Shiffrin first met her, is a cancer survivor.

Shiffrin tells Lundell, “You’re one of my biggest inspirations and something like an angel for me to always remind me of the important things in life. I really have to thank you for that. I don’t know if I can ever explain to you what it means to me but I’m so happy that you’re here.”