Mikaela Shiffrin celebrates at the Audi FIS Alpine Ski World Cup on Dec. 21, 2018 in Courchevel, France.
With heavy snow falling, defending Olympic champion Mikaela Shiffrin put down a dominant second run to win the world cup giant slalom on Friday in Courchevel, France. With the win, Shiffrin now has won her last four world cup races and six of 10 this season.
The win helped Shiffrin, 23, take an even greater lead in the standings as she aims for a third consecutive overall world cup title. Her 789 points are more than double that of the next competitor.
The win was also her 49th career world cup victory.
After the first run in Courchevel, Germany’s Viktoria Rebensburg held a tight lead, with Shiffrin 0.08 seconds behind. That’s when the two-time Olympic champ Shiffrin took over. Following her speedy second run, Shiffrin won with a time of 1:49.81. Rebensburg was second, just 0.14 seconds behind, followed by France’s Tessa Worley.
Now there’s little time to rest as the world cup circuit continues on Saturday with a women’s slalom race in Courchevel. With 34 slalom wins, Shiffrin, the 2014 Olympic slalom champ, is one shy of the all-time record held by Austria’s Marlies Schild.
Shiffrin swept the two races last year in Courchevel, winning a giant slalom and parallel slalom race.
Friday’s result continues what has already been another dominant season for Shiffrin. With a super-G win earlier this month at Lake Louise in Canada, she became the first woman to win events in all six skiing disciplines.