Mikaela Shiffrin Wins Final Race of the Season and Retains her Women’s Overall Title | Tops Prize Money List with $738,000

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Mikaela Shiffrin celebrates on the podium after winning the slalom race at the World Cup finals on Saturday. Credit: Pontus Lundahl/EPA

Mikaela Shiffrin just topped the skiing World Cup prize money list after winning 12 races in the season and retained her women’s overall title. The International Ski Federation reported that she earned almost $738,000.

Men’s overall champion Marcel Hirscher of Austria, who won 13 World Cup races, was second with prize earnings of almost $703,000. Lindsey Vonn earned $277,000, including five first-place prizes.

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With five World Cup races still to go, Mikaela Shiffrin clinched her second straight overall title with a third-place finish in Germany that gave her an insurmountable 603-point lead. Credit: Daniel Kopatsch/EPA

Overall champions Mikaela Shiffrin and Marcel Hirscher dominated the penultimate World Cup races of the season last Saturday. Both racers had already locked up their overall and discipline titles in recent weeks before adding convincing wins at the World Cup finals.

Shiffrin won her seventh slalom of the season, a personal best, winning by a massive 1.58 seconds over Wendy Holdener of Switzerland. Olympic slalom champion Frida Hansdotter of Sweden was another 0.01 behind in third.

“It was so much fun. This is how I want to feel every race. In the second run, it’s my dream of skiing like that,” said Shiffrin after her 32nd victory in the discipline and 43rd overall.

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Mikaela Shiffrin holds the women’s World Cup overall trophy, at the alpine ski World Cup finals in Are, Sweden, Sunday, March 18, 2018. Credit: Alessandro Trovati/AP Photo

Mikaela had already secured her fifth slalom season title and second straight overall championship the previous week, five races before the end of the season.

“The whole season was really, really great for me,” said Shiffrin, who added gold in giant slalom and silver in the combined event at the Pyeongchang Olympics last month. “But always at the end of the season, I want to be strong and I can feel really proud of that.”

 

Shiffrin is the second American female skier to win multiple overall titles. Lindsey Vonn won the sport’s most coveted prize four times.


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