Mikaela Shiffrin won her first FIS Alpine Ski World Cup event since January ©Getty Images

Two-time Olympic champion Mikaela Shiffrin won her first International Ski Federation (FIS) Alpine Ski World Cup race since January after triumphing in the giant slalom in Courchevel.

Shiffrin, who has claimed three overall Alpine Ski World Cup titles, took time out of the 2019-2020 season following the death of her father in February. 

Despite attempting a comeback after a five-week break, the rest of the season was cancelled as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. 

An emotional Shiffrin was back on top of the podium today after recording a total time of 2min 19.63sec to win the second giant slalom contest held in Courchevel over the past three days. 

"It’s pretty hard to explain," she said. 

"Ninety-five percent of me felt that I couldn’t do it and then just a small bit of me at the right time and I was... it’s crazy to be back here."

Shiffrin is the reigning Olympic giant slalom champion and also claimed slalom gold at Sochi 2014. 

It was her 67th Alpine Ski World Cup victory, tying her with Austrian great Marcel Hirscher in third on the all-time list. 

Federica Brignone of Italy, last season's overall champion, was the silver medallist with 2:20.45. 

Former world champion Tessa Worley took bronze, with the French skier finishing in 2:20.72. 

Competition in Courchevel had been postponed until today due to heavy snowfall in the French resort. 

The women's FIS Alpine Ski World Cup is set to continue with downhill and super-G races in Val-d'Isere from Friday to Sunday (December 18 to 20).