Shiffrin leads World Cup slalom, closes in on season title

Mikaela Shiffrin followed up her overall FIS Alpine Skiing World Cup win by retaining the slalom title on Saturday, going some way to atone for her Olympic disappointment in the discipline.

With Saturday's victory, Shiffrin clinched her fifth World Cup slalom title in six seasons.

Shiffrin clocked a total time of 1:49.10 and Holdener came in just 0.09s behind her to take second place and move up to third in the World Cup slalom standings.

Fourth after the first leg, Olympic giant slalom champion Shiffrin rose one place while Swiss Wendy Holdener, the only woman who still had a mathematical chance of depriving her of the title, was back in 14th place.

Norway's Ragnhild Mowinckel claimed her first World Cup victory having won two silvers at the Olympics.

However, Shiffrin wrapped up the title in style by winning the race, edging Wendy Holdener of Switzerland by 0.09 seconds.

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However, she failed to win a race after triumphing at a night slalom in Flachau, Austria, on January 9.

"It was an incredible, incredible weekend for sure", said Shiffrin, who now heads to the World Cup Finals in Are, Sweden next week. A dip in form during her last five races before the Pyeongchang Olympics saw her failing to finish three times and placing seventh twice.

Ranked fourth after the opening run, the Olympic GS champion from the United States improved a spot and trailed victor Ragnhild Mowinckel by 0.74 seconds.

Mikaela Shiffrin of US takes 3rd place during the Audi FIS Alpine Ski World Cup Women's Giant Slalom on March 9, 2018 in Ofterschwang, Germany.

"It's still my goal to finish the season as strong as I can", Shiffrin said, adding she would "try to have some fire" in Are.


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