Olympian Mikaela Shiffrin wins second straight World Cup overall title

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

Shiffrin completed in third place, shifting up a spot after her opening run, and she or he was solely zero.seventy four seconds behind winner Ragnhild Mowinckel of Norway. 

The Olympic champion, who gained gold in Pyeongchang within the big slalom, needed to maintain off rival Wendy Holdener to safe the title. Holdener did not win or end in second place, which was the one mathematical probability Shiffrin might be knocked out of rivalry. Holdener completed 14th.

“That is actually thrilling, for positive. It is exhausting to elucidate that feeling actually,” stated Shiffrin, per The Olympian. “To have the overall locked in now earlier than going to Are (Sweden) is fairly cool.”

Shiffrin, 22, now has a 603-level lead heading into subsequent week’s World Cup finals with 5 races left earlier than the top of the season and she or he additionally has a superb probability at clinching the overall World Cup slalom title Saturday if she finishes tenth or higher in Ofterschwang.

The 2-time Olympian is now the second American feminine skier to win a number of overall titles behind Lindsey Vonn, who has reached that mark 4 occasions.