Alpine sking - Shiffrin on verge of retaining overall title

Alpine sking - Shiffrin on verge of retaining overall title

Mikaela Shiffrin won her second straight World Cup overall title on Friday with a third-place finish in a giant slalom race in Germany.

Mikaela Shiffrin of US competes during the Audi FIS Alpine Ski World Cup Women's Slalom on March 10, 2018 in Ofterschwang, Germany.

America's Shiffrin, fresh from winning two Olympic titles in PyeongChang, now leads the overall World Cup by 623 points from Holdener, while it's Petra Vlhova leading the chase in the slalom standings.

The only year she missed out on the title was 2016, when she had to skip races because of a knee injury and finished fourth overall.

The 22-year-old secured back-to-back crystal globes following giant slalom gold at the Pyeongchang Olympics last month.

The three-time Olympic medalist did so with five races left in the World Cup season.

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That maturity is coming through. "At this stage you need to have belief that you can win it, although still take it a game at a time".

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Shiffrin was fastest on the first run but four racers were within a half second of her.

Feuz now leads Svindal by 60 points with one race remaining, the FIS Alpine Ski World Cup Final in Åre in Sweden.

The season-ending World Cup finals will take place next week in Are, Sweden. Lindsey Vonn, who did not race this weekend but will be in Are, holds the record of 81 wins.

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

Up next, the women race downhill at the World Cup Finals in Are March 14, followed by super-G March 15; team event March 16; slalom March 17 and giant slalom March 18. "Hopefully, I'm not going to be feeling a lot of nerves (in Are) because there is not a lot of risk".

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