Snow, sleet delays 2nd run of Olympic giant slalom

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Slovenia's Tina Maze 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/Alessandro Trovati)

KRASNAYA POLYANA, Russia (AP) — Driving snow and sleet delayed the start of the second run of the Olympic women's giant slalom by nearly 15 minutes on Tuesday.

Light fog also drifted across the course at the scheduled 1 p.m. (0900 GMT) start time.

Course workers scattered salt to firm the snow surface, which was already softened by days of sunshine.

The first run was completed in the morning despite persistent rain on lower sections and snow at the top.

Tina Maze, who raced first in the morning, has a 0.52-second lead over Jessica Lindell-Vikarby of Sweden. Nadia Fanchini of Italy was third, 0.65 behind.

American teenager Mikaela Shiffrin, making her Olympic debut, was fifth-fastest and has 0.91 to make up.