Shiffrin wins World Cup slalom title

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Shiffrin wins World Cup slalom title

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Olympic Champion Mikaela Shiffrin won the penultimate slalom of the season on Saturday in Are, Sweden to retain her World Cup title in the discipline.

Shiffrin’s fourth victory of the season moved her 130 points clear of Frida Hansdotter of Sweden, who placed fourth, with one slalom remaining at the World Cup finals in Lenzerheide Switzerland, which start on Wednesday.

The American, who turns 19 in a few days, was fastest after the first run and maintained her place at the top following the second to celebrate her eighth career slalom win and her second straight slalom World Cup crystal globe.

Maria Pietilae-Holmner thrilled the home crowd when the Swede crossed over six tenths of a second behind for second place.

It was the 27-year-old’s third podium placing this campaign.

Compatriot Anna Swenn-Larsson celebrated her first career podium when she crossed the line third, 1.5 seconds back.

With only four races of the season left at the World Cup finals next week the race for the overall title will go down to the wire.

Maria Hoefl-Riesch of Germany finished the day’s action in seventh place, but the 36 points she earned for that result put her back in front of Austrian Anna Fenninger, who does not race slalom.

Hoefl-Riesch is 29 points clear of her closest rival as she seeks to add the 2014 overall title to the one she won in 2011.