Mikaela Shiffrin on verge of retaining overall title

Mikaela Shiffrin wins fifth slalom season title

Norway's Ragnhild Mowinckel secured a first International Ski Federation (FIS) Alpine World Cup title at a women's giant slalom event in Ofterschwang today as Mikaela Shiffrin guaranteed herself a second successive overall crown.

Shiffrin, shockingly fourth in the PyeongChang slalom, prevailed by.09 over Swiss Wendy Holdener in Ofterschwang, Germany, on Saturday.

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

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

Shiffrin already clinched a repeat World Cup overall title. A dip in form during her last five races before the Pyeongchang Olympics saw her failing to finish three times and placing seventh twice. Lindsey Vonn, who did not race this weekend but will be in Are, holds the record of 81 wins.

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

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Attention will now turn to a slalom race tomorrow. "But nothing is impossible so I am going to stay focused".

Shiffrin has won 11 races this season and has become the first skier with 42 World Cup wins in total before turning 23.

Shiffrin also leads the slalom standings with two races left and can wrap that up on Saturday with a 10th place or better in Ofterschwang. Rebensburg leads the overall giant slalom standings by 92 points over Tessa Worley of France.

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