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Shiffrin wins the World Cup overall title, placing second in super-G

COURCHEVEL – Mikaela Shiffrin won the Ski World Cup title for the fourth time on Thursday, driven by speed races that turned her long-awaited duel with Petra Vlhová into a wild success.

Shiffrin finished second in the super-G at the World Cup finals, a day after a surprise victory on the descent, to put more pressure on Vlhová for the overall title.

The Slovak skier had to finish no less than seventh to prevent Shiffrin from extending her lead in the standings beyond 200 points, leaving only her specialty slalom and giant slalom races over the weekend.

The defending champion finished 17º, out of the top 15 scoring positions, to beat Shiffrin by 236 points.

Shiffrin sat in the snow watching his rival’s run, shielding his eyes from sunglasses, and smiled at his moment of victory. Ragnhild Mowinckel of Norway won the race and was the first to greet Shiffrin with a long hug.

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Shiffrin’s boyfriend, Norwegian skier Aleksander Aamodt Kilde, was at the top of the track preparing to run in the men’s super-G. He is the champion of that discipline.

Shiffrin won his fourth giant crystal balloon trophy after winning three consecutive general titles between 2017 and 2019, and a month after fighting at the Beijing Olympics.

American skier Lindsey Vonn has also won four general titles in her career, just behind the six titles of the great Austrian Annemarie Moser-Pröll in the 1970s.

In the super-G, Shiffrin finished 0.05 seconds behind Mowinckel. Swiss Michelle Gisin was third, 0.13 behind.

The all-season Super G title had already been secured by Italian Federica Brignone, who took 19th place on Thursday.

Olympic champion Lara Gut-Behrami missed a goal and did not finish.

After enduring one of the toughest months of his career at the Olympics, without winning medals in six events, Shiffrin rested and trained for what turned out to be an outstanding March.

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Shiffrin and Vlhová started the month tied in the standings with eight races to go: five in their preferred technical disciplines and three in speed, which traditionally ran only selectively.

Those speed races proved decisive. Shiffrin was runner-up in a super-G in Switzerland, and then opened the World Cup finals on Wednesday with only his third win in his relegation race.

In those same speed races, Vlhová obtained results of 18o, 16o and 17o, respectively. He also competed in consecutive descents from February 26-27 that Shiffrin jumped.

The rest was paid to Shiffrin. Vlhová placed only 16th and 29th in those races to tie the American in the standings instead of taking the expected lead.

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