Imperious Shiffrin makes history by sealing giant slalom globe
Mikaela Shiffrin made history by claiming a first FIS Alpine Skiing World Cup giant slalom globe with victory in Soldeu on Sunday.
Shiffrin put her name in the record books once again by becoming the first skier to win the giant slalom, slalom, super-G and overall titles in the same season.
Petra Vlhova had to win in Andorra and hope Shiffrin finished outside the top 15 to overhaul the all-conquering American in the final race of the campaign.
But Shiffrin sealed a maiden World Cup title in the discipline in style, claiming a 17th victory of a remarkable season.
WHAT A HERO‼️@MikaelaShiffrin wins her 17th victory of the season, her 60th career victory AND her career-first giant slalom globe! This makes Mikaela the first athlete - male or female - to secure four globes in a single season with this combination: SL, GS, SG and Overall. pic.twitter.com/Tl64fZcaHf— U.S. Ski & Snowboard Team (@usskiteam) March 17, 2019
The 24-year-old Colorado native capped a dream weekend by following up her slalom triumph on Saturday with another masterclass, Vlhova finishing third behind New Zealand's Alice Robinson.
A blistering first run of one minute, 9.74 seconds put Shiffrin in the lead and she beat Robinson by a margin of 0.30secs after crossing the line in 1:13.43 in the second to top a World Cup podium for the 60th time.
She told Eurosport: "Each globe is different but I wanted to come out here today and really earn it. I didn't want to protect it, I wanted to really earn it and deserve it.
"I'm really happy with my skiing and the whole day."