Mikaela Shiffrin of the U.S. overtook Tina Maze on her second run to win the women’s World Cup skiing slalom title in today’s final race of the season.
Shiffrin, who turned 18 three days ago, trailed overall World Cup champion Maze of Slovenia by 1.17 seconds after the first run in Lenzerheide, Switzerland. The American then posted the fastest second-run time of 56.76 seconds to claim her fourth World Cup win of the season.
Austria’s Bernadette Schild was second, 0.20 seconds behind. Maze’s second-run time of 58.28 seconds dropped her to third, 0.35 seconds back.
“Winning the slalom title was my goal from the beginning of this year,” Shiffrin, who won the slalom at last month’s world championships, said on the U.S. Ski Team’s website. “The world championships title was amazing, but it wasn’t a goal that I had set. This was what I was really shooting for all season, to be consistently one of the top slalom skiers. So this means a lot to me.”
Shiffrin is the first World Cup slalom champion from the U.S. since Tamara McKinney in 1983-84.
American Ted Ligety won the final men’s giant slalom in Lenzerheide for his sixth victory of the season.
Ligety, who clinched his fourth giant slalom title last week in Slovenia, joins Sweden’s Ingemar Stenmark as the only men to win six or more World Cup races in the discipline in a season. The American’s eight top-three finishes this season are the most in 31 years, according to the U.S. Ski Team.
Men’s overall champion Marcel Hirscher of Austria finished 0.37 seconds behind in second, with France’s Alexis Pinturault third.
The World Cup season concludes tomorrow in Lenzerheide with the men’s slalom and women’s giant slalom. Hirscher and Maze have already won the titles in the events.