Mikaela Shiffrin celebrates her 1st place finish in the women's downhill during the Audi FIS Alpine Ski World Cup on March 16, 2022 in Courchevel, France.
In an alpine skiing season that featured both historic highs and crushing lows, Mikaela Shiffrin fought back to secure her fourth world cup overall title on Thursday, and she did so in the most Shiffrin way possible.
Needing to hold off another dominant technical skier, Slovakia’s Petra Vlhova, at this week’s World Cup Finals in France, Shiffrin finished the job in the speed events, winning the downhill on Wednesday and taking second in the super-G Thursday to wrap up the season title before the weekend’s technical races.
With her fourth overall title, Shiffrin ties fellow American Lindsey Vonn for second all-time among women, with only Austria’s Annemarie Moser-Proll having won more with six.
Racing under bright blue skies in the French Alps, Shiffrin finished the super-G in 1 minute, 13.73 seconds, just .05 behind winner Ragnhild Mowinckel of Norway. Switzerland’s Michelle Gisin was third, coming in at .13 behind Mowinckel.
Coming into this week’s World Cup Finals in Courchevel and Meribel, France, Shiffrin held a 56-point lead over Vlhova. The lead rose to 156 when Shiffrin won the downhill and Vlhova missed the points. Shiffrin gained 80 more points to Vlhova’s none on Thursday, giving the American an insurmountable 236-point lead before the weekend’s slalom and giant slalom, where both are among the favorites.
In alpine skiing, season champions are crowned for each racing discipline and for overall performance across the disciplines. The championships are known as crystal globes. Shiffrin previously won three overall crystal globes in a row, from 2017-19, before finishing second in 2020 when she took time off following the unexpected death of her father. She ended up in fourth place last year amid injury struggles that limited her to technical events.