Shiffrin slaloms to record 42nd FIS Alpine World Cup win in Ofterschwang

American Mikaela Shiffrin retains overall Alpine World Cup title

Just weeks after the 2018 Winter Olympics, Mikaela Shiffrin secured her second straight overall World Cup title at a giant slalom race on Friday in Ofterschwang, Germany.

She came into the race with a 561-point overall lead over Switzerland's Wendy Holdener, in second place.

The world cup victory was Shiffrin's 11th of the season, tying her career high for a single season, and her 17th time on the podium this season.

She joins Lindsey Vonn as the only American women to win multiple World Cup titles.

Next week sees racing in Sweden from Wednesday to Sunday, in what will be a lap of honour for the all-conquering Shiffrin.

Even before her final run, Shiffrin was guaranteed of winning the title because her only remaining rival, Wendy Holdener, failed to finish in the top two, which she needed to maintain her mathematical title chance.

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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 not raced since the Olympics.

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

Shiffrin finished in third place, moving up a spot after her opening run, and she was only 0.74 seconds behind victor Ragnhild Mowinckel of Norway. It was the Norwegian's first career win.

"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. Olympic champion Frida Hansdotter of Sweden was 0.72 behind in third, and Vlhova finished fourth. "I know, that's going to be some headlines now". There was no immediate update on the Slovenian skier's condition.

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