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Mikaela Shiffrin takes gold in women's slalom; conquers course in Sochi (photos)

Mikaela Shiffrin of the USA competes during the Alpine Skiing Women's Slalom at the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympic Games
Mikaela Shiffrin of the USA competes during the Alpine Skiing Women's Slalom at the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympic Games
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Mikaela Shiffrin walked away from the Olympic women's slalom event in Sochi as the gold medal winner on Friday and she made it look easy. The youngest athlete to be a gold medal winner for the event, there were fans around the world expecting this athlete would be first. The Olympic Alpine skier seemed to have no trouble with the course. According to the USA Today on Friday, the skier dominated the event and seemed to focus solely on the task at hand.

At the end of the first run for Shiffrin it was apparent the skier had control on the course. Looking solid and seeming confident, the athlete offered few concerns. For those fans watching the second run, it was obvious the athlete was going too fast. Surviving a near-fall halfway down the course, the speed was a concern to make it to the end. Managing to keep the scoring lead, the athlete knew she was going to be a medal winner.

As the Sochi Olympics start to wind down, the final events like the women's slalom haven’t been getting as much attention as other skiing and snowboarding events like at the beginning of the Olympic Games. However fans watching Mikaela Shiffrin couldn’t help but to be excited for the gold medal action.

Take a look at the photo slideshow of Mikaela Shiffrin winning gold in Sochi.