Mikaela Shiffrin won the women's inaugural 2021-2022 FIS Alpine Ski World Cup event in Sölden ©Getty Images

American Mikaela Shiffrin has taken the gold medal at the International Ski Federation (FIS) Alpine Ski World Cup following two blisteringly quick runs in Sölden in Austria.

The double Olympic champion and five-time world gold medallist clocked in at 1min 2.82secs in the first run to finish marginally slower than Swiss rival Lara Gut-Behrami's 1:02.80.

However, Shiffrin's leading 1:04.40 combined with the first attempt gave her a total time of 2:07.22 to give her the victory after Gut-Behrami posted a time of 1:04.56.

Slovakia's Petra Vlhová finished her two runs in 1:03.61 and 1:04.91, respectively, to ensure she rounded out the podium.

The reigning World Cup champion claimed bronze despite only registering the sixth and seventh best times in the runs.

Up to 5,000 tickets have been made available for each day of giant slalom competition in the Austrian resort.

It is the first time that fans have been permitted to attend a FIS Alpine Ski World Cup race since the 2019-2020 season due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The men's race is due to take place tomorrow as Alexis Pinturault of France looks to get his overall World Cup title defence underway.

The two-day event is the first of 37 legs of the FIS Alpine Ski World Cup, with the next scheduled to be held in Lech in Austria on November 13 and 14.