Second-Straight World Cup Title For Shiffrin
Mikaela Shiffrin (Eagle-Vail, Colo.) wrapped up her second overall FIS Ski World Cup title following her third-place finish in Friday’s giant slalom in Ofterschwang, Germany.
Shiffrin came into Friday’s race, her first since winning the gold medal in giant slalom and silver in alpine combined at the 2018 Olympic Winter Games, with a 561-point lead over Switzerland’s Wendy Holdener, who finished 14th Friday.
“It’s an incredible moment right now,” Shiffrin said. “After last year when I won the overall, some people were saying it was sort of fake ‘because the other girls weren’t there and there was nobody to challenge her.’ So to have the overall this year locked in already before we go to (World Cup) Finals, it feels like a confirmation for me.”
Shiffrin now carries a 603-point lead into next week’s World Cup Finals in Are, Sweden, and mathematically clinches her second-straight overall World Cup title. Shiffrin can clinch the World Cup slalom title Saturday with a 10th-place or better result in Ofterschwang.
Olympic downhill champion Ragnhild Mowinckel of Norway won her first World Cup race Friday, as Germany’s Viktoria Rebensburg was second. Rebensburg leads the overall giant slalom standings by 92 points over Tessa Worley of France. Shiffrin is third, 101 points back.
Up next, the women compete in a slalom Saturday in Ofterschwang.
Women's giant slalom