Mikaela Shiffrin wins fourth World Cup overall title – Alpine Skiing

    mikaela shiffrin will end a season that she said included the lowest moments of her career by lifting the biggest annual prize in ski racing: a 20-pound glass globe delivery to the overall champion of the world cup. .

    shiffrin clinched her fourth overall title Thursday, tying lindsey vonn for second in women’s history. she clinched it with two races remaining in the 37-race season that began in October.

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    shiffrin finished second in the superg world cup final in courchevel, france, 0.05 behind Norway’s ragnhild mowinckel.

    her closest rival in the general classification, petra vlhova, was 17th. the Slovakian dropped from 156 points behind shiffrin to 236 points, an insurmountable deficit as the winner of a race receives 100 points.

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    “There were a lot of moments this season that have been great,” shiffrin said on orf. “But there have also been some very low moments. It’s the lowest I’ve felt in my career, in my life too. Not just skiing, but as a human being, there have been times when I feel the weight of everything so much that it’s a terrible feeling.

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    “after the olympic games, [the general] was the final goal that was still possible to achieve. I felt like all the bigger goals I had this season, I didn’t do anything. now this is very special.”

    shiffrin entered this week’s finals with a 56-point lead over the results of the first 33 world cup races of the season. He distanced himself from Vlhova by winning Wednesday’s relegation before cementing the overall title on Thursday.

    Overall “wasn’t our goal before the season,” said vlhova, who didn’t do as many races as she did last season, when she became the first Slovakian to win the overall.

    “We decided to fight for the overall after the olympics,” said vlhova, who was tied with shiffrin for the overall three weeks ago, in orf. “I am happy for [shiffrin]. because maybe after the olympics she was a little depressed. I think I have a small balloon [slalom season title], Olympic gold [slalom]. she has balloon in general. we are fifty and fifty.”

    Only the legendary Annemarie Moser-Pröll has more overall World Cup titles than Shiffrin, who at 27 is young enough to chase the Austrian’s record. moser-pröll won six in the 1970s.

    The overall title goes to the skier with the most combined points in all disciplines over the course of a season. the winner is generally considered to be the best all-round alpine skier in the world.

    this is shiffrin’s first overall title since winning three in a row between 2017 and 2019.

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    In 2020, he ran an abbreviated season due to his father’s death. In 2021, he was sidelined with a back injury at the start of the season and did not ride any downhill or super-G races in the world cup.

    this season, shiffrin returned from a back injury, a covid-19 quarantine and an olympics where his best individual result was ninth to return each time to the top of the world cup podium.

    “This season has been one of the most confusing,” he said. “After the Olympics, it’s a hard wall to climb.”

    shiffrin has two races left this season: a slalom on Saturday and a giant slalom on Sunday. he has 74 world cup wins in his career, behind only vonn (82) and ingemar stenmark (86).

    She has a record 47 slalom wins, but in her most recent slalom last Saturday she was ninth, her lowest finish in a slalom finish since 2014.

    “Just this last week was some really low moments, [thinking] I should go home because I don’t think I really have a chance, and somehow we’re here now,” he said Thursday. “sometimes things go your way and sometimes, as I know, things don’t always go your way.”

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