MOSCOW, RUSSIA - Mikaela Shiffrin of the USA takes 3rd place competes during the Audi FIS Alpine Ski World Cup Men and Women's Parallel slalom on January 29, 2013 in Moscow, Russia. (Photo by Christophe Pallot/Agence Zoom/Getty Images)
MOSCOW - 17-year old Mikaela Shiffrin of Eagle-Vail finished third in a World Cup Parallel slalom race in Moscow, Russia increasing her lead in the slalom standings.
Shiffrin beat Wendy Holderner of Switzerland to earn her fifth podium of the season.
"It's always tough because you're aware that someone it right next to you - you're wondering if you're ahead or if you're behind - wondering where they are and hoping you're in the lead. Kirchgasser was really tough but I knew that she was going to be good. Lena Duerr was really fun to race, she just came up and started ripping and she took that to the win," Shiffrin said.
The third place finish gives her a 33 point lead in the slalom standings over Slovenia's Tina Maze who was knocked out in the qualifying rounds.
"I'm not really thinking about the slalom title chase, but it feels good to get some extra points," Shiffrin said. "I'm feeling really confident in my skiing. My goal for today was just to have fun and rip - the points were a bonus."
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