Mikaela Shiffrin secures 2nd straight World Cup skiing title

Feb 23 2018 Pyeongchang South Korea Olympic gold and silver medalist Mikaela Shiffrin shows off her medals after her press conference

Feb 23 2018 Pyeongchang South Korea Olympic gold and silver medalist Mikaela Shiffrin shows off her medals after her press conference

After a tense build-up to the Olympics, the American won her second straight overall World Cup title on Friday, five races before the end of the season.

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

"That's really exciting, for sure".

"For Wendy, I knew she had a really good run because I could hear the announcers from the top, but I thought 'not today Wendy!'" Shiffrin said, according to U.S. Ski & Snowboard. "To have the overall locked in now before going to Are is pretty cool".

Holdener needed a top two finish to have any hope of keeping the title race alive.

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.

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Shiffrin is the second American female skier to win multiple overall titles. The finish was enough to secure Shiffrin's second straight overall World Cup title. Lindsey Vonn has won four. The American record for wins in a season is 12 - held by none other than the all-time women's victory leader, Vonn, with 81.

Mikaela Shiffrin after Friday's World Cup giant slalom race in Ofterschwang, Germany.

But the largest globe is now hers heading in Are.

Shiffrin won the Olympic gold medal in the giant slalom, and it was in Friday's giant slalom that she clinched the overall World Cup title by finishing third.

The season-ending World Cup finals will take place next week in Are, Sweden.

Shiffrin stretched her lead over the only remaining challenger, Petra Vlhova, to 225 points with just the season-ending race at the World Cup finals remaining.

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