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Mikaela Shiffrin wins 5th slalom globe in 6 seasons

Mikaela Shiffrin wins 5th slalom globe in 6 seasons

She came into the race with a 561-point overall lead over Switzerland's Wendy Holdener, in second place.

The result comes after Shiffrin took the overall World Cup title finishing third in the giant slalom on Friday, and an Olympic gold medal for Team USA in the same event last month at PyeongChang.

Shiffrin, who turns 23 on Tuesday, set a World Cup record on Saturday as she became the first 22-year-old skier, male or female, with 42 World Cup wins. Two more races remain for her at the World Cup finals next weekend at Are, Sweden. Lindsey Vonn won the sport's most coveted prize four times.

It was the American's fifth slalom title in the past six seasons after only failing to win the discipline in 2016 when she missed five races due to a knee injury. It's the end of the season, I can really, really feel it.

The win also moved her into a tie for 10th place on the all-time World Cup list and fifth on the women's list.

"It was a really good fight", said Shiffrin, who celebrates her 23rd birthday March 13.

The two-time Olympic gold medalist won the event with a time of 1:49.10 and claimed the slalom title for the second year in a row and fifth time since 2013, when she became the fourth-youngest woman to win a world cup title and the first American slalom world cup victor since 1983.

The season-ending World Cup finals are next week in Are, Sweden.

"I'm in a constant chase of skiing my best and skiing free", she added. "But still every time I get in the start gate I want to perform at my highest level, and that's the biggest goal there". The win was her 11th this season, her sixth in eight slaloms.


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