Published: Sat, March 10, 2018
Technology | By Christopher Mann

Mikaela Shiffrin secures overall World Cup title with 5 races to go

Mikaela Shiffrin secures overall World Cup title with 5 races to go

Mikaela Shiffrin finished third in Friday's FIS Ski World Cup giant slalom in Ofterschwang, Germany and wrapped up her second-straight overall World Cup title.

With five races of the season left, Shiffrin has 1,573 points, 603 points ahead of Holdener.

Shiffrin follows Lindsey Vonn as only the second American woman to win multiple World Cup titles, while she can add the slalom globe on Saturday.

"It's an incredible moment right now", said Shiffrin.

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The 22-year-old secured back-to-back crystal globes following giant slalom gold at the Pyeongchang Olympics last month. "I can really just enjoy the last races and not have to fight for points to win the globe".

Norway's Ragnhild Mowinckel claimed her first World Cup victory having won two silvers at the Olympics.

Shiffrin, a two-time Olympian who won a gold medal in giant slalom in PyeongChang, is expected to compete in both giant slalom on Friday and slalom on Saturday.

Shiffrin was guaranteed of winning the title because her only remaining rival, Wendy Holdener, failed to finish in the top two, ESPN reported.

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"After a year ago when I won the overall, some people were saying it was sort of fake 'because the other girls weren't there and there was nobody to challenge her'". She skipped the downhill but picked up silver in the combined.

"I've worked hard for this a really long time", Mowinckel said.

Home favourite Viktoria Rebensburg finished second on the German course in a distant 2:35.46.

Friday's result stretched Rebensburg's lead over Shiffrin to 101 points, leaving the American out of contention for the GS title. Shiffrin is also the points leader in slalom and is third in giant slalom.

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Tessa Worley of France finished 13th today but still leads the giant slalom World Cup standings with 663 points. "But nothing is impossible, so I am going to stay focused". Looking for breaking news, videos, Olympic and Paralympic team bios all at your fingertips?

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