Mikaela Shiffrin claims slalom World Cup season title with Ofterschwang victory

Mikaela Shiffrin claims slalom World Cup season title with Ofterschwang victory

"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.

A third place in Friday's giant slalom was enough to wrap up the overall crystal globe, and she now has a 225-point lead in the slalom World Cup with just the Final left to ski next week in Are, Sweden. "To have the overall locked in now before going to Are is pretty cool". Gallhuber's compatriot Bernadette Schild finished third, 0.39 seconds behind the leader.

It was the American's fifth slalom title in the past six seasons after only failing to win the discipline in 2016 when she missed five races due to a knee injury.

Austria's Annemarie Moser-Proell won her 41st race aged 21 in 1975 before missing the following season to care for her father. Norway's Ragnhild Mowinckel won the event by 0.74 of a second, her first career victory.

The season-ending World Cup finals are next week in Are, Sweden.

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Shiffrin, who is the Olympic champion in giant slalom, has yet to start her final run. Lindsey Vonn won the sport's most coveted prize four times.

"For me the important thing is the balance between risk and being smart". The win was her 11th this season, her sixth in eight slaloms. Updates with Shiffrin securing overall 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.

Shiffrin's third place finish in yesterday's giant slalom in the German resort had already guaranteed her the overall World Cup title. There was no immediate update on the Slovenian skier's condition.

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