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10 March 2018, 03:34 | Brandon Parsons
Shiffrin locks up overall title
Mikaela Shiffrinfinished third in Friday's FIS Ski World Cup giant slalom in Ofterschwang, Germany and wrapped up her second-straight overall World Cup title.
Shiffrin, who won gold in this discipline in Pyeongchang last month, took to the slopes for her second run at this week's event in Ofterschwang knowing that a top-six finish would mean an unassailable lead at the top of the standings. She leads Switzerland's Wendy Holdener by more than 500 points in the overall standings.
"The best thing for me now is to have the crystal globe already locked in", she said.
Shiffrin, 22, becomes only the second American female skier to win multiple overall titles. Lindsey Vonn, who did not race this weekend but will be in Are, holds the record of 81 wins. A dip in form during her last five races before the Pyeongchang Olympics saw her failing to finish three times and placing seventh twice.
"My biggest challenge this year has not been the Olympics or the (World Cup) overall or any of that, but getting motivated for these last races", Shiffrin said. "But nothing is impossible so I am going to stay focused".
Shiffrin is also on pace to win the World Cup slalom title, something she also did in 2013-15 and 2017.
Shiffrin sits second, on 657, and Rebensburg third on 607.
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