Mikaela Shiffrin claims slalom World Cup season title with Ofterschwang victory

Ann Santiago
March 11, 2018

Mikaela Shiffrin has won her fifth slalom globe in the last six seasons.

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 by 92 points in the discipline standings with one race remaining.

Even before her final run in Friday's giant slalom event, the 22-year-old American ski star was already guaranteed of winning the title.

The American turns 23 tomorrow and has won more World Cup races than anybody else before reaching that age.

Shiffrin was fastest on the first run but four racers were within a half second of her.

Holdener needed a top two finish to have any hope of keeping the title race alive.

Also, getting her 11th win of the season was a personal best, though Schneider (14 in 1988-89) and American teammate Lindsey Vonn (12 in 2011-12) won more races in a single season.

Austria's Annemarie Moser-Proell won her 41st race aged 21 in 1975 before missing the following season to care for her father.

Shiffrin is now tied for fifth on the women's career World Cup wins list with Swede Anja Pärson.

He clocked 1:49.17 to beat World Cup series leader Beat Feuz of Switzerland by 0.08 seconds.

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

"It was a really good fight", said Shiffrin, who celebrates her 23rd birthday March 13.

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.

The World Cup finals begin Wednesday with women's and men's downhill, and the season concludes next Sunday. "Hopefully, I'm not going to be feeling a lot of nerves (in Are) because there is not a lot of risk".

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