American ski queen Shiffrin secures slalom title

American ski queen Shiffrin secures slalom title

A day after locking up her second straight World Cup overall championship, the American secured her fifth season title in the slalom.

The two-time Olympian is now the second American female skier to win multiple overall titles behind Lindsey Vonn, who has reached that mark four times.

Shiffrin stretched her lead over the only remaining challenger, Petra Vlhova, to 225 points with just the season-ending race at the World Cup finals remaining.

Shiffrin also leads the slalom standings with two races left and can wrap that up with victory on Saturday.

Next week sees racing in Sweden from Wednesday to Sunday, in what will be a lap of honour for the all-conquering Shiffrin.

Holdener needed a top two finish to have any hope of keeping the title race alive. Moser-Proell returned and won another 21 races.

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"It was a pretty tight race, so it was not easy to go into the second run and think, 'Oh, yeah, I'm fine, ' and to just ski", Shiffrin said. "The best thing for me now is to have the crystal globe already locked in".

Shiffrin finished in third place, moving up a spot after her opening run, and she was only 0.74 seconds behind victor Ragnhild Mowinckel of Norway.

The Swiss skier has racked up 16 podiums in the discipline but is yet to win a race - a record in the women's World Cup.

Battling spring snow conditions and light rain, Shiffrin won the first run, then unseated second run leader Wendy Holdener of Switzerland by 0.09-seconds for the victory.

"It's still my goal to finish the season as strong as I can", Shiffrin said, adding she would "try to have some fire" in Are. "I know, that's going to be some headlines now".

Friday's race was interrupted after Tina Robnik crashed and had to be taken off the hill on a sled with an apparent knee injury.