Shiffrin clinches overall World Cup title

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Mikaela Shiffrin had the ideal scenario all worked out: celebrate a slalom win in front of the home crowd to cap off capturing the overall World Cup title.

"She's such a talent, a really young skier who's been so good for so many years", said Frida Hansdotter, who helped Sweden win the team event Friday. "Second place is still unbelievable".

"My second half of the season has kind of been a bit like today, where I'm a little too nervous or I stumble and I do something that is so costly where second run you can go for it as much as you want", Stiegler said. Vonn skied through a gate and crashed, while Ross got knocked off balance in a compression and also crashed.

After her sweep of the penultimate races at Squaw Valley, California last weekend, Shiffrin entered the week of World Cup Finals in Aspen, Colorado with an nearly insurmountable lead in the overall standings.

"I have self-doubt - a lot of self-doubt", she said.

It was also shocking to learn she had won the overall in her bedroom at home in almost Vail rather than on a piste.

"It's been a goal and a dream of mine since I was five years old, and it's really hard to understand something that finally happens after 20 years", said Shiffrin when asked about winning the first crystal globe of her career. "I said 'No, it's not yet.' She said no, Ilka decided not to ski the slalom so it's yours - and we were like, 'Woo!' I had just woken up from a nap; it didn't seem like a real thing".

"It was odd to say I had won something in ski racing when I wasn't actually on the hill".

For the season Hirscher claimed his sixth consecutive overall World Cup title and fourth in grand slalom. It's a tough balance. "It started to be a priority". "If she stays healthy, she's capable of a lot more in speed", says Janica Kostelić, herself a three-time overall World Cup victor, who won her first large globe at 19 and retired at 25.

Shiffrin has 11 wins this season, six of which were in slalom.

"I know that feeling".

Shiffrin will wrap up her season today with the women's giant slalom.

Reigning world and Olympic slalom champion Shiffrin, who turned 22 last Monday, is the youngest overall victor Croatia's Janica Kostelic in 2003.

The Austrian had been 0.01 of a second behind Germany's Felix Neureuther after the first run, but dominated the second.

It makes Mikaela the third American woman to win the World Cup overall title but the racer felt it was a title she wanted to earn on the snow.

"I'm not totally sure how I went down", Ross said. "I was in my hotel room when someone told me, 'Oh, you won the overall.' I'm like, 'Really? But at least I'm not afraid to say it".

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