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U.S. loses World Cup Finals team event final on tiebreaker

Mikaela Shiffrin

U.S. Mikaela Shiffrin in action during the FIS women’s giant slalom world cup race in Are, Sweden, Thursday March 6, 2014. (AP Photo/TT News Agency/Pontus Lundahl) SWEDEN OUT


Switzerland edged the U.S. in a parallel slalom team event at the Alpine skiing World Cup Finals in Lenzerheide, Switzerland, on Friday.

The nations were tied 2-2 after four head-to-head runs. Olympic slalom champion Mikaela Shiffrin and David Chodounsky won for the U.S., while Julia Mancuso and Tim Jitloff were defeated by the Swiss.

The Swiss earned the victory via a tiebreaker -- the fastest single run on the course from all four racers. Switzerland’s Reto Schmidiger was .15 faster than Chodounsky’s final run.

Individual racing returns Saturday at the World Cup Finals. Olympic giant slalom champion Ted Ligety will try to overtake Marcel Hirscher for the World Cup giant slalom title.

The women race slalom, but Shiffrin, who turned 19 on Thursday, has already clinched that title.

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