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Shiffrin locks up overall title

Shiffrin locks up overall title

Her nearest rival, Wendy Holdener of Switzerland, lost any hope of overhauling the USA star when she trailed in 14th on Friday.

EagleVail's Mikaela Shiffrin on Saturday celebrated her second-straight overall World Cup title by winning a slalom at Ofterschwang, Germany to also clinch the season slalom title.

"It was a pretty tight race, so it was not easy to go into the second run and think, 'Oh, yeah, I'm fine, ' and to just ski", Shiffrin said. Gallhuber's compatriot Bernadette Schild finished third, 0.39 seconds behind the leader.

Austrian legend Annemarie Moser-Proell won her 41st race at age 21, then took a whole season off to care for her father before he died of lung cancer in 1976.

The Swiss skier has racked up 16 podiums in the discipline but is yet to win a race - a record in the women's World Cup. Lindsey Vonn, who did not race this weekend but will be in Are, holds the record of 81 wins.

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

"It's a big challenge to do that at the end of the season but Wendy really wants to win, Frida is coming off her gold medal in slalom in South Korea, so everybody has her own motivation", Shiffrin said.

The race was won by Ragnhild Mowinckel of Norway. "The best thing for me now is to have the crystal globe already locked in".

"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.

With Saturday's victory, Shiffrin clinched her fifth World Cup slalom title in six seasons. "But nothing is impossible so I am going to stay focused". There was no immediate update on the Slovenian skier's condition.


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