Mikaela Shiffrin Claims Second Overall World Cup Title, Is Only Second U.S. Woman To Do So

By Gary R. Blockus | March 09, 2018, 3:53 p.m. (ET)

Mikaela Shiffrin poses for a portrait with her two medals, gold in giant slalom and silver in alpine combined, on the "TODAY" Show set on Feb. 22, 2018 in Gangneung, South Korea.  

 

Mikaela Shiffrin is the world cup overall champion for the second straight year.

The 22-year-old Shiffrin, who is coming off an Olympic gold medal in giant slalom last month in PyeongChang, finished third in the world cup giant slalom race on Friday in Ofterschwang, Germany.

With the result, Shiffrin now has 1,573 points in the overall standings, with Switzerland’s Wendy Holdener a distant second with 970. Still with five races left to the season, Holdener is unable to catch Shiffrin guaranteeing the Colorado native her second overall crystal globe.

On Saturday, Shiffrin will race a world cup slalom in Ofterschwang. Already leading the world cup standings in that event, she could clinch her fifth season slalom title as well.

Shiffrin clinched the overall world cup title before finishing her first post-Olympic race on Friday, once Holdener fell out of the top two. Shiffrin now has 41 world cup wins and 60 podium finishes in her career. She becomes the second American woman to win more than one overall title. Lindsey Vonn has more world cup overall season titles, with four. Tamara McKinney won one in 1983.

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Shiffrin took over the lead on Friday as the fourth-last skier on the final run, and clinched a spot on the podium when the next skier, Italy’s Marta Bassino, finished behind her. Bassino had been in third place heading into the final run, but Shiffrin was able to leapfrog her with the fifth-best time of the final run for a combined time of 2:35.54.

Shiffrin, also the gold medalist in slalom at the Olympic Winter Games Sochi 2014, won two medals in PyeongChang, including a silver medal in alpine combined.

On Friday, however, she finished the opening run in fourth place at 0.60 seconds behind eventual winner Ragnhild Mowinckel of Norway, who went 1:17.83 and finished in a combined time of 2:34.80.

Germany’s Viktoria Rebensburg took second in 2:35.46, but added 20 more points in her giant slalom world cup standing lead over Shiffrin. Rebensburg leads the giant slalom standings with 582 points, followed by Tessa Worley of France with 490 and Shiffrin with 481.

Gary R. Blockus is a journalist from Allentown, Pennsylvania who has covered multiple Olympic Games. He is a freelance contributor to TeamUSA.org on behalf of Red Line Editorial, Inc.