U.S. Alpine teen phenom Mikaela Shiffrin makes Olympic debut in giant slalom

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The 18-year-old finished fifth in the giant slalom on Tuesday at the Sochi Games. Mikaela Shiffrin's strongest event, the slalom, is Friday.

United States' Mikaela Shiffrin approaches a gate in the first run of the women's giant slalom at the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics, Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2014, in Krasnaya Polyana, Russia.(AP Photo/Alessandro Trovati)
United States' Mikaela Shiffrin approaches a gate in the first run of the women's giant slalom at the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics, Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2014, in Krasnaya Polyana, Russia
United States' Mikaela Shiffrin approaches a gate in the first run of the women's giant slalom at the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics, Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2014, in Krasnaya Polyana, Russia.(AP Photo/Alessandro Trovati)
SOCHI, RUSSIA - FEBRUARY 18: (FRANCE OUT) Mikaela Shiffrin of the USA competes during the Alpine Skiing Women's Giant Slalom at the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympic Games at Rosa Khutor Alpine Centre on February 18, 2014 in Sochi, Russia. (Photo by Alexis Boichard/Agence Zoom/Getty Images)
Alpine Skiing - Winter Olympics Day 11
SOCHI, RUSSIA - FEBRUARY 18: (FRANCE OUT) Mikaela Shiffrin of the USA competes during the Alpine Skiing Women's Giant Slalom at the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympic Games at Rosa Khutor Alpine Centre on February 18, 2014 in Sochi, Russia. (Photo by Alexis Boichard/Agence Zoom/Getty Images)
SOCHI, RUSSIA - FEBRUARY 18: Mikaela Shiffrin of the United States prepares to make a run during the Alpine Skiing Women's Giant Slalom on day 11 of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics at Rosa Khutor Alpine Center on February 18, 2014 in Sochi, Russia. (Photo by Alexander Hassenstein/Getty Images)
Alpine Skiing - Winter Olympics Day 11
SOCHI, RUSSIA - FEBRUARY 18: Mikaela Shiffrin of the United States prepares to make a run during the Alpine Skiing Women's Giant Slalom on day 11 of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics at Rosa Khutor Alpine Center on February 18, 2014 in Sochi, Russia. (Photo by Alexander Hassenstein/Getty Images)
United States' Mikaela Shiffrin approaches a gate in the first run in the women's giant slalom at the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics, Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2014, in Krasnaya Polyana, Russia. (AP Photo/Luca Bruno)
United States' Mikaela Shiffrin approaches a gate in the first run in the women's giant slalom at the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics, Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2014, in Krasnaya Polyana, Russia
United States' Mikaela Shiffrin approaches a gate in the first run in the women's giant slalom at the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics, Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2014, in Krasnaya Polyana, Russia. (AP Photo/Luca Bruno)
United States' Mikaela Shiffrin passes a gate in the first run of the women's giant slalom at the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics, Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2014, in Krasnaya Polyana, Russia. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)
United States' Mikaela Shiffrin passes a gate in the first run of the women's giant slalom at the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics, Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2014, in Krasnaya Polyana, Russia
United States' Mikaela Shiffrin passes a gate in the first run of the women's giant slalom at the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics, Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2014, in Krasnaya Polyana, Russia. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)
United States' Mikaela Shiffrin pauses in the finish area after completing the first run in the women's giant slalom at the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics, Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2014, in Krasnaya Polyana, Russia. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena)
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United States' Mikaela Shiffrin pauses in the finish area after completing the first run in the women's giant slalom at the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics, Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2014, in Krasnaya Polyana, Russia. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena)
SOCHI, RUSSIA - FEBRUARY 18: Mikaela Shiffrin of the United States reacts after a run during the Alpine Skiing Women's Giant Slalom on day 11 of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics at Rosa Khutor Alpine Center on February 18, 2014 in Sochi, Russia. (Photo by Alexander Hassenstein/Getty Images)
Alpine Skiing - Winter Olympics Day 11
SOCHI, RUSSIA - FEBRUARY 18: Mikaela Shiffrin of the United States reacts after a run during the Alpine Skiing Women's Giant Slalom on day 11 of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics at Rosa Khutor Alpine Center on February 18, 2014 in Sochi, Russia. (Photo by Alexander Hassenstein/Getty Images)

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