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Mikaela Shiffrin on verge of retaining overall title

Shiffrin claims slalom World Cup season title with Ofterschwang victory Mikaela Shiffrin on verge of retaining overall title
Sherri Watson | 10 March, 2018, 15:32

American ski queen Mikaela Shiffrin claimed her second successive overall women's World Cup title after finishing third in the giant slalom in Ofterschwang on Friday.

Viktoria Rebensburg of Germany finished 0.66 behind in second and closed in on the season title in the discipline.

"That's really exciting, for sure. It's hard to explain that feeling really", said Shiffrin, per The Olympian. "To have the overall locked in now before going to Are is pretty cool". That's because Swiss skier Wendy Holdener, her closest competitor and only remaining rival for the title, failed to finish in the top two to stay in contention.

Attention will now turn to a slalom race tomorrow. Updates with Shiffrin securing overall title.

Lindsey Vonn won the sport's most coveted prize four times. Ragnhild Mowinckel of Norway, the Olympic silver medalist, won the race. She also won a gold in the GS to go with her gold in slalom from the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics.

Shiffrin has won 10 races this season and 41 overall.

Holdener finished 14th today, however, to leave Shiffrin with an insurmountable 603 point lead.

But the largest globe is now hers heading in Are.

Shiffrin, who is the Olympic champion in giant slalom, has yet to start her final run.

"It's an incredible moment right now", Shiffrin said.

She racked up a personal best 10 World Cup wins this season, but they all came in a relatively short 46-day spell between November 25 and January 9. Rebensburg leads the overall giant slalom standings by 92 points over Tessa Worley of France.