Mikaela Shiffrin wins 5th slalom globe in 6 seasons

Gladys Abbott
March 11, 2018

Viktoria Rebensburg of Germany finished 0.66 behind in second and closed in on the season title in the discipline. Wendy Holdener of Switzerland finished second, 0.09 of a second behind Shiffrin.

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.

Olympic gold and silver medalist Mikaela Shiffrin shows off her medals after her press conference at the Main Press Center.

The American turns 23 tomorrow and has won more World Cup races than anybody else before reaching that age.

Even before her final run, Shiffrin was guaranteed the crystal globe as her only remaining rival, Wendy Holdener, failed to get the win or second place she needed to maintain her mathematical title chance. Lindsey Vonn, who did not race this weekend but will be in Are, holds the record of 81 wins.

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"It was a really good fight", said Shiffrin, who celebrates her 23rd birthday March 13.

Saturday's win was Shiffrin's 31st World Cup slalom victory, and after wrapping up the overall World Cup title with a third-place finish in Friday's giant slalom, she now has won the World Cup slalom title five times: 2013, 2014, 2015, 2017, 2018.

The World Cup finals begin Wednesday with women's and men's downhill, and the season concludes next Sunday.

"I'm in a constant chase of skiing my best and skiing free", she added.

Shiffrin was planning to take a few days off before flying to Are and compete in the last GS and slalom races of the season, with nothing more at stake than just the race win.

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