The Associated PressOFTERSCHWANG, Germany (AP) — Mikaela Shiffrin can finally relax again.
After a tense build-up to the Olympics, the American won her second straight overall World Cup title on Friday, five races before the end of the season.
“It’s been a big battle for me mentally to know exactly where my focus should be,” said Shiffrin, who turns 23 on Tuesday. “It was quite a relief actually when the Olympics were over so I could focus on the rest of the World Cup season.”
Shiffrin won the Olympic gold medal in the giant slalom, and it was in Friday’s giant slalom she clinched the overall World Cup title by finishing third. Ragnhild Mowinckel of Norway, the Olympic silver medalist, won the race.
Even before her final run, Shiffrin was guaranteed of winning the title because her only remaining rival, Wendy Holdener, failed to finish in the top two, which she needed to maintain her mathematical title chance. The Swiss skier finished 14th.