Shiffrin wins overall World Cup title once more!

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Two-time Olympic champion Mikaela Shiffrin has claimed the overall World Cup title for a second consecutive year.

The American secured third spot at the Ladies’ Giant Slalom race in Ofterschwang in Germany on Friday.

That was enough to give her another crystal globe trophy as her rival to the title faltered.

Swiss skier Wendy Holdener was the only woman who could stop Shiffrin securing the overall crown.

Holdener had to finish within the top two in order to keep her hopes alive, but could only manage 18th place.

Mowinckel takes maiden victory

Shiffrin took third spot on the podium in Germany, with Viktoria Rebensburg of Germany second.

The outstanding performer of the day though was Ragnhild Mowinckel.

The Norwegian was by far the quickest in both runs, finishing with a combined time of 2 minutes 34.8 seconds.

That was 0.66 seconds faster than Rebensburg.

It was a first World Cup victory for Mowinckel, continuing her recent good run of form.

The 25-year-old took silver behind Shiffrin in the giant slalom at PyeongChang 2018 – and also came second in the Olympic downhill.

Shiffrin dominance

It has been another dominant World Cup season for the US skier.

The 22-year-old has the overall title in the bag with five events still left to spare.

Shiffrin has a 603-point advantage over Holdener in the overall leaderboard.

Proof, if proof were needed, of just how commanding she has been.

PyeongChang lessons

That pre-eminence though did not quite translate itself into the gold rush many thought would unfold in PyeongChang.

Before the Winter Games began, some were tipping Shiffrin for five golds.

The American opened with a brilliant victory in the giant slalom.

However, she surprisingly failed to podium in the slalom before skipping the downhill as races were rescheduled due to weather conditions.

Having also missed the super-G because of schedule changes, Shiffrin finished with a silver medal in the combined event.

She admitted afterwards that her second Olympic Games were still a learning experience.

Speaking of the disappointing defence of her slalom title, Shiffrin said:

“I had no idea how to handle my mental energy or my emotional energy in order to go out on slalom day with the fire I needed to be a medal contender.”

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Author: Stephen Hannon
Stephen Hannon is the Head of News at Olympic Channel, the digital platform launched by the IOC.