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Five For Friday: Alpine Skiing

By Paul D. Bowker | Nov. 10, 2017, 12:01 a.m. (ET)

Mikaela Shiffrin competes in women's slalom at the Audi FIS Alpine Ski World Cup on March 11, 2017 in Squaw Valley, Calif.

 

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Olympic women’s slalom champion Mikaela Shiffrin goes after another baby reindeer Saturday.

The winner of the world cup event in Levi, Finland, is given a baby reindeer to name, and then the animal is returned to the farm. Shiffrin won a reindeer in 2013, which she named Rudolph, and then another last year that she named Sven.

Saturday’s race opens the FIS Alpine Ski World Cup slalom season for Shiffrin, a four-time world cup slalom season champion who is focusing on her run at another Olympic gold medal in a few months in PyeongChang, South Korea. She finished fifth in giant slalom two weeks ago in the world cup opener in Soelden, Austria.

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Shiffrin won world championship gold in slalom last season and silver in giant slalom, in addition to winning the overall world cup title.

The men’s season opener in slalom is Sunday in Levi. The giant slalom opener, which was to include Ted Ligety’s return to action, was postponed in Soelden due to poor weather conditions.

Levi is the northern-most stop on the world cup tour.

TV: 7 a.m. ET Saturday and Sunday, NBC Sports Network; 7 a.m. Sunday, Olympic Channel

Paul D. Bowker is a freelance contributor to TeamUSA.org on behalf of Red Line Editorial, Inc.