Shiffrin shines in Slovenia, Hirscher edges out Kristoffersen

Skiing's dominant duo Mikaela Shiffrin and Marcel Hirscher continued their sensational seasons with FIS World Cup giant slalom wins on Saturday.

Shiffrin was the first to celebrate with an impressive display in Kranjska Gora as she topped the times across two runs in Slovenia.

The American - who had been struggling with illness in the build up to the race - stopped the clock on 55.08seconds in her first attempt, the 0.86s advantage enough to see her take an eighth win of the season.

Her second run was far from perfect and nearly ended prematurely with a mistake in the top section, and although her lead continued to drop she was able to come home three tenths clear.

Tessa Worley and Sofia Goggia completed the top three, the latter nearly a second behind Shiffrin's winning time as she moved above the former in the giant slalom standings.

Shiffrin now heads four of the World Cup leaderboards, with her overall advantage a phenomenal 647 points.

Hirscher's victory in Adelboden was much tighter as he edged out rival Henrik Kristoffersen by 0.17s, the Austrian extending his first-run advantage to claim a third GS win of the season.

His second run was only sixth fastest but that was enough to see him on top of the podium, where he was joined by Kristoffersen and Alexis Pinturault.

The six-time defending champion now has a 114-point advantage over Kristoffersen in the overall classification, something he could extend on Sunday.

Shiffrin and Hirscher will participate in slalom events on Sunday, and both will be hot favourites to complete a clean sweep.

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