Mikaela Shiffrin Wins 2nd Straight Overall World Cup Title

Scott Polacek@@ScottPolacekFeatured ColumnistMarch 9, 2018

United States' Mikaela Shiffrin stands in the finish area after finishing third in a alpine ski, women's World Cup giant slalom, in Ofterschwang, Germany, Friday, March 9, 2018. (AP Photo/Marco Tacca)
Marco Tacca/Associated Press

Mikaela Shiffrin clinched her second consecutive overall World Cup title Friday before she even made her final run in the giant slalom competition.

The Associated Press (h/t ESPN.com) reported the news, noting Wendy Holdener had to finish in first or second place to remain mathematically alive in the race for the World Cup title. However, the Swiss skier was unable to finish high enough in her final run, giving the title to Shiffrin.

It is a testament to Shiffrin's dominance that she clinched the title at the giant slalom race in Ofterschwang, Germany, even though there are still five races left in the season.

According to Nick Zaccardi of NBC Sports, the American finished in third place in Friday's race and was 0.74 seconds behind Norway's Ragnhild Mowinckel. Germany's Viktoria Rebensburg came in second.

Zaccardi noted Shiffrin did much of the legwork on the way to her title during a stretch from Thanksgiving to Jan. 9, where she won 10 of 14 starts.

Friday was her first race since she thrived at the Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea, capturing gold in the giant slalom and silver in the super combined.

The AP noted Shiffrin joined Lindsey Vonn as the second American female skier to win the overall title more than once. Vonn has won it four times.

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