Alpine sking - Shiffrin on verge of retaining overall title

11 March, 2018, 01:18 | Author: Celia Hoffman
  • American Mikaela Shiffrin retains overall Alpine World Cup title

American ski queen Mikaela Shiffrin secured the World Cup slalom title for a fifth time after winning at Ofterschwang on Saturday.

The two-time Olympic gold medalist won the event with a time of 1:49.10 and claimed the slalom title for the second year in a row and fifth time since 2013, when she became the fourth-youngest woman to win a world cup title and the first American slalom world cup victor since 1983.

With a finish of 10th or better Saturday, Shiffrin will clinch the World Cup slalom season title, as well.

Shiffrin was a clear favorite to successfully defend her maiden overall title when she won the first five races of 2018. She turns 23 on Tuesday, one day before the World Cup Finals start in Are, Sweden.

Mikaela Shiffrin (Eagle-Vail, Colo.) won her fifth World Cup slalom title following her 42nd FIS Ski World Cup victory Saturday in Ofterschwang, Germany.

The Swiss skier finished 0.09 seconds behind in second place as Frida Hansdotter of Sweden crossed in 1:49.82 for third. "To have the overall locked in now before going to Are is pretty cool".

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Shiffrin was planning to take a few days off before flying to Are and compete in the last GS and slalom races of the season, with nothing more at stake than just the race win.

Shiffrin had to settle for fourth in her favoured slalom in South Korea. Lindsey Vonn won the sport's most coveted prize four times.

The World Cup finals begin Wednesday with women's and men's downhill, and the season concludes next Sunday.

"For me the important thing is the balance between risk and being smart".

"For sure I have a big lead", Shiffrin said.

Viktoria Rebensburg of Germany finished 0.66 behind in second and closed in on the season title in the discipline.


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