Shiffrin finished in a combined time of 2 minutes, 16.42 seconds
Mikaela Shiffrin competes during the second run in the women's World Cup giant slalom competition Friday, March 10, 2017, in Olympic Valley, California, photo: AP/Scott Sady
10 of March 2017 17:50:17
OLYMPIC VALLEY, California – American standout Mikaela Shiffrin used a strong burst near the finish to win a giant slalom race as the World Cup returned to Squaw Valley for the first time since 1969.Shiffrin finished in a combined time of 2 minutes, 16.42 seconds on Friday, eclipsing Federica Brignone of Italy by 0.07 seconds. Tessa Worley of France was third, 0.86 seconds back. Worley's lead over Shiffrin in the season-long GS standings shrank to 80 points with just one event remaining in the discipline.[caption id="attachment_51490" align="aligncenter" width="1024"] Mikaela Shiffrin reacts after the second run in the women's World Cup giant slalom competition Friday, March 10, 2017, in Olympic Valley, California. Photo: AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez[/caption]Usually so stoic after wins, Shiffrin was in a celebratory mood -- tossing her right ski pole high into the air.Shiffrin, who turns 22 on Monday, also increased her lead for the overall World Cup title. Her closest competitor, Slovenia's Ilka Stuhec, crashed in the first run.