France: US skier Mikaela Shiffrin failed to complete the slalom portion of the women’s combined event on the opening day of the World Championships on Monday.
Shiffrin crossed the third last gate, appearing close to beating Federica Brignone, the leader of the first run.
The American was trailing Brignone by 0.96 seconds after the super-G portion but had made up 0.88 of that gap before skiing down. Shiffrin reacted with apparent open-mouthed astonishment before bending over her ski poles. She then went over to Brignone and embraced the Italian skier.
The combined event adds the results of a super-G run and a slalom run.
Shiffrin was competing in her first major competition since failing to medal in six starts at last year’s Beijing Olympics. Her next race in the world is the super-G on Wednesday.
Shiffrin was the defending champion in the combined event. She has won six world titles from 13 previous starts at the world championships and 11 medals overall.