EagleVail's Shiffrin celebrates overall win with slalom victory in Germany

Ivan Schwartz
March 11, 2018

The Swiss skier finished 14th.

Mikaela Shiffrin won her second straight World Cup overall title on Friday with a third-place finish in a giant slalom race in Germany.

"It was a pretty tight race, so it was not easy to go into the second run and think, 'Oh, yeah, I'm fine, ' and to just ski", Shiffrin said.

Battling spring snow conditions and light rain, Shiffrin won the first run, then unseated second run leader Wendy Holdener of Switzerland by 0.09-seconds for the victory.

Feuz now leads Svindal by 60 points with one race remaining, the FIS Alpine Ski World Cup Final in Åre in Sweden. Given her dominance in slalom throughout her career, Shiffrin was expected to defend her 2014 Olympic gold medal in the event but finished fourth.

Shiffrin won gold in the giant slalom and silver in the combined event at last month's PyeongChang Olympics.

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"It was an incredible, incredible weekend for sure", said Shiffrin, who now heads to the World Cup Finals in Are, Sweden next week.

Also, getting her 11th win of the season was a personal best, though Schneider (14 in 1988-89) and American teammate Lindsey Vonn (12 in 2011-12) won more races in a single season.

Friday's result stretched Rebenburg's lead over Shiffrin to 101 points, leaving the American out of contention for the GS title.

"It's still my goal to finish the season as strong as I can", Shiffrin said, adding she would "try to have some fire" in Are.

The slalom specialist has won the World Cup title every season since 2012-2013 apart from 2016 when she was hampered by a knee injury. "But nothing is impossible so I am going to stay focused".

Shiffrin is the second American female skier to win multiple overall titles. There was no immediate update on the Slovenian skier's condition.

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