Tina Maze wins giant slalom
In a brief interview after the first run, she was asked what she needed to do in the second run to charge to the podium.
"Ski faster," she said. "Just loosen up my legs and go for it."
Shiffrin's second run was similar to the first – a mistake here and there, nothing terrible. It was the sixth-fastest of the second runs.
"I knew I was going to be nervous, and I was," she said. "But when I was in the gates, I pushed the nerves aside and tried to race as well as I could. I lost a couple of tenths on a couple of turns. I didn't ski as cleanly as some of the girls."
The USA's Julia Mancuso, who won the USA's first medal at these Games, a bronze in the super combined, did not finish the first run.
"Definitely with the snow surface not being consistent and you can't really see it, it's hard with timing, and I was just losing my timing a little bit," Mancuso said. "I just caught a really soft spot, and it twisted me. That's the only bummer when the snow is like this. You really have to be precise."
Mancuso 29, of Squaw Valley, Calif., is not entered in the slalom, so this was her last race in Sochi. She leaves with four career Olympic medals, a record for U.S. women skiers.
What does her future hold?
"Being here and kind of coming back from not a good race season kind of put in perspective for me what skiing's about," she said. "Coming into these Olympics, I really wanted a medal, and I got bronze.
"I for sure still want gold. If I can continue skiing well, especially on the speed side, and get to a place where I can still be fighting for gold medals . . . At the beginning of the season, I felt there was no way I'd come back. But after coming here and kind of having that magical day, it makes me want to keep going."
Germany's Maria Hoefl-Riesch, who has started 69 giant slaloms in her career with no victories, pulled out of the race with a sore throat. Hoefl-Riesch, who earlier in Sochi earned a gold medal in the super-combined and a silver in super-G, is the defending Olympic champion in slalom.
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