Mikaela Shiffrin on verge of retaining overall title

Alonzo Simpson
March 10, 2018

Mikaela Shiffrin of U.S. takes 3rd place during the Audi FIS Alpine Ski World Cup Women's Giant Slalom on March 9, 2018 in Ofterschwang, Germany. Shiffrin's 603-point lead over Holdener is now insurmountable.

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"It's been a big battle for me mentally to know exactly where my focus should be", Shiffrin said, having returned from the Olympics.

Shiffrin is going after her fifth slalom crystal globe in six years. "I can really just enjoy the last races and not have to fight for points to win the globe".

In making Friday's podium behind Norway's Ragnhild Mowinckel and Germany's Viktoria Rebensburg Shiffrin moved into an unassailable lead in the overall standings.

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Shiffrin, a two-time Olympian who won a gold medal in giant slalom in PyeongChang, is expected to compete in both giant slalom on Friday and slalom on Saturday.

Switzerland's Wendy Holdener had been the only skier with a mathematical chance of catching Shiffrin in the overall stakes if she finished in the top two. "It's hard to explain that feeling really", Shiffrin said, according to the Associated Press.

"After a year ago when I won the overall, actually some people were saying like it's sort of fake because the other girls weren't there and there was nobody to challenge her". "It was quite a relief actually when the Olympics were over so I could focus on the rest of the World Cup season".

The American duly wins for the second successive season with five races still remaining. Rebensburg leads the overall giant slalom standings by 92 points over Tessa Worley of France. Shiffrin is also the points leader in slalom and is third in giant slalom. Looking for breaking news, videos, Olympic and Paralympic team bios all at your fingertips?

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