Shiffrin leads World Cup slalom, closes in on season title

Yolanda Curtis
March 10, 2018

On Friday, Shiffrin secured her second straight overall title.

In her first race after the Olympics, Shiffrin was fourth after the opening run but improved a spot to third, 0.74 seconds behind Mowinckel.

"For Wendy, I knew she had a really good run because I could hear the announcers from the top, but I thought 'not today Wendy!'" Shiffrin said, according to U.S. Ski & Snowboard. "The best thing for me now is to have the crystal globe already locked in".

Olympic gold and silver medalist Mikaela Shiffrin shows off her medals after her press conference at the Main Press Center.

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

United States' Mikaela Shiffrin poses on the podium after placing third in Friday's World Cup giant slalom in Ofterschwang, Germany. Lindsey Vonn has won four.

The American duly wins for the second successive season with five races still remaining.

Shiffrin has won 11 races this season and has become the first skier with 42 World Cup wins in total before turning 23.

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

Shiffrin is also on pace to win the World Cup slalom title, something she also did in 2013-15 and 2017. With one race remaining, she leads world giant slalom champion Tessa Worley of France by 92 points in the discipline standings. She holds a 175-point lead over Petra Vlhova of Slovakia with two races left in the season.

Up next, the women compete in a slalom Saturday in Ofterschwang.

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