23-year-old Mikaela Shiffrin won the giant slalom today for her 4th successive win and 49th career World Cup victory as she continued her march to a third straight season-long overall title, reports ESPN.
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Shiffrin became the youngest female skier to reach 49 World Cup wins and she could reach the half-century mark in tomorrow’s slalom. She is undefeated in her trademark event since finishing a disappointing fourth at the Pyeongchang Olympics.
“It was a big fight, and I knew it was going to be really tricky,” Shiffrin said of her GS win. “Try to take this energy into tomorrow.”
Shiffrin, the reigning Olympic GS champion from Colorado, has won six out of her 10 races this season to soar ahead in the standings as she looks to emulate Colorado teammate Lindsey Vonn’s feat of winning three successive overall World Cup titles.
Shiffrin has more than double the points of her nearest rival. Ragnhild Mowinckel of Norway is second in the overall standings but has only 367 points, compared to Shiffrin’s 789.
Despite heavy snow on Friday, Shiffrin skied a fantastic, aggressive second run to finish in a combined time of 1 minute, 49.81 seconds and beat first-run leader Viktoria Rebensburg of Germany by 0.14 seconds. Visibly delighted, she let out a yell of celebration after she crossed the line and saw her time.