WEST VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) -- Defending world champion Marion Kreiner of Austria has qualified first for the finals of Olympic women's parallel giant slalom.
Kreiner made her two qualifying runs down the rain-slicked course at Cypress Mountain in 1 minute, 22.52 seconds. When the side-by-side racing begins later Friday, she'll open against 16th-seeded Anamari Chundak of Ukraine.
The women race in elimination heats until two are left to vie for gold and silver, with a consolation race for bronze.
Nicolien Sauerbeij of the Netherlands qualified second, followed by Austria's Doris Guenther. America's lone rider, Michelle Gorgone, had the fastest first run of qualifying but struggled in the second and finished 13th.