The Alpine WC, which is decided in the French alpine resorts of Courchevel and Méribel, opened with the ladies' combination today.

For Mikaela Shiffrin, with six World Cup gold medals to her credit, there is a chance for revenge after the Olympic fiasco.

In Beijing, the 27-year-old raced in both giant slalom, slalom and combination.

And she got off to a good start at the WC.

After the opening super G run, Shiffrin was in sixth place, 96 hundredths behind leading Italian Federica Brignone.

In the final slalom run, gold favorite Shiffrin bet everything and also took on Brignone.

But the bet turned out to be far too costly – instead of advancing in the field, Shiffrin drove out.

With Shiffrin out of contention for gold, no one could threaten Brignone, the gold being the Italian's second World Cup medal of his career.

The silver went to Wendy Holdener, Switzerland, the bronze to Ricarda Haaser, Austria.

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