Shiffrin stretches slalom World Cup lead with yet another victory

Shiffrin locks up overall title

Mikaela Shiffrin returned to slalom form to clinch the overall International Ski Federation (FIS) World Cup crown in the event with a victory in the German resort of Ofterschwang today.

Saturday's win was Shiffrin's 31st World Cup slalom victory, and after wrapping up the overall World Cup title with a third-place finish in Friday's giant slalom, she now has won the World Cup slalom title five times: 2013, 2014, 2015, 2017, 2018. She holds a 175-point lead over Petra Vlhova of Slovakia with two races left in the season.

The only year she missed out on the title was 2016, when she had to skip races because of a knee injury and finished fourth overall.

Shiffrin is only the second American female skier to win multiple overall titles, behind speed specialist Lindsey Vonn who has won four.

Wendy Holdener of Switzerland finished second on Saturday, just.09 seconds back, and Frida Hansdotter of Sweden - who topped Shiffrin for a surprise gold in slalom at Pyeongchang - wound up third. "To have the overall locked in now before going to Are is pretty cool".

Mikaela Shiffrin of US takes 3rd place during the Audi FIS Alpine Ski World Cup Women's Giant Slalom on March 9, 2018 in Ofterschwang, Germany. The win was her 11th this season, her sixth in eight slaloms.

Austrian legend Annemarie Moser-Proell won her 41st race at age 21, then took a whole season off to care for her father before he died of lung cancer in 1976.

"For sure I have a big lead", Shiffrin said. "The best thing for me now is to have the crystal globe already locked in". Gallhuber's compatriot Bernadette Schild finished third, 0.39 seconds behind the leader.

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