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FIS Alpine Ski World Champion, Olympic gold medalist, three-time World Champion, four-time World Cup slalom winner. All achieved by the age of 22.
A first big 7kg crystal globe was added to Mikaela Shiffrin’s long list of accomplishments at the World Cup Finals in Aspen over the weekend.
After finishing second in the slalom and sixth in the giant slalom, her season points tally of 1643 saw her comfortably take top spot ahead of Ilka Stuhec and become the youngest overall winner since Janica Kostelic in 2003.
The fifth American to win the title said afterwards: “I love racing in Aspen and in front of my home crowd. It was a good day.
“It (overall title) has been a goal and a dream of mine since I was five years old. It’s really difficult to understand something that has finally happened.”
To win the overall title, athletes need to be at the top of their game for five months and the 37-race calendar.
Shiffrin claimed 11 race wins over the season, taking her career tally to 31, and all but sealed the title in Squaw Valley with two dominant victories.