Mikaela Shiffrin on verge of retaining overall title

  • Mikaela Shiffrin on verge of retaining overall title

Mikaela Shiffrin on verge of retaining overall title

Mikaela Shiffrin finished third in Friday's FIS Ski World Cup giant slalom in Ofterschwang, Germany and wrapped up her second-straight overall World Cup title.

The World Cup continues on Saturday with a slalom in Ofterschwang, followed by one race each of every discipline at the World Cup Finals in Are, Sweden.

"So to have the overall this year locked in already before we go to (the World Cup) finals (in Are, Sweden), it feels like a confirmation for me".

The Olympic champion, who won gold in Pyeongchang in the giant slalom, had to hold off rival Wendy Holdener to secure the title.

Her overall success overshadowed Mowinckel's win, her first on the World Cup circuit after silvers in the downhill and giant in Pyeongchang.

She was a clear favorite to successfully defend her maiden overall title since setting a World Cup record by winning the first five races of 2018.

Shiffrin had not raced since the Olympics.

Shiffrin has enjoyed a dominant season, topping the World Cup podium 11 times.

"I had goals for the slalom and GS globes, the overall globe, Olympic medals", Shiffrin said Friday.

With five races of the season left, Shiffrin has 1,573 points, 603 points ahead of Holdener. Shiffrin is also the points leader in slalom and is third in giant slalom.

Friday's result came exactly two months after Shiffrin's last victory in a World Cup race. "But nothing is impossible, so I am going to stay focused".

Norway's Ragnhild Mowinckel won the race with Germany's Viktoria Rebensburg second.

Shiffrin finished a further 0.08 seconds behind in third place.

Tessa Worley of France finished 13th today but still leads the giant slalom World Cup standings with 663 points.

Up next, the women compete in a slalom Saturday in Ofterschwang.