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Mikaela Shiffrin on verge of retaining overall title

Mikaela Shiffrin Mikaela Shiffrin , The Canadian Press
Kayla Schwartz | 10 March, 2018, 15:32

The American duly wins for the second successive season with five races still remaining.

Shiffrin, who is the Olympic champion in giant slalom, has yet to start her final run.

Mikaela Shiffrin rebounded from missing the Olympic slalom podium to clinch her fifth World Cup slalom season title with her 42nd career World Cup victory, most for any racer before turning 23 years old.

Shiffrin was guaranteed of winning the title because her only remaining rival, Wendy Holdener, failed to finish in the top two, ESPN reported.

She racked up a personal best 10 World Cup wins this season, but they all came in a relatively short 46-day spell between November 25 and January 9. She previously won gold in slalom, her strongest discipline, at the 2014 Sochi Olympics.

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In her first race after the Olympics, Shiffrin was fourth after the opening run but improved a spot to third, 0.74 seconds behind Mowinckel. Shiffrin's 603-point lead over Holdener is now insurmountable.

Mikaela Shiffrin competes in women's slalom at the Audi FIS Alpine Ski World Cup on March 11, 2017 in Squaw Valley, Calif.

"It's an incredible moment right now", Shiffrin said. Moser-Proell returned and won another 21 races. "But nothing is impossible so I am going to stay focused".

Shiffrin, with 41 World Cup wins to her name - 10 of them this season - is already assured the slalom title while in the giant slalom standings she is lying 81 points adrift of Rebensburg and 32 behind Tessa Worley ahead of next week's World Cup finals in Are, Sweden.

Shiffrin sits second, on 657, and Rebensburg third on 607.

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