Olympic champ Shiffrin dominates slalom for 40th career win

Olympic champ Shiffrin dominates slalom for 40th career win

Her season stats are even far exceeding her achievements from a year ago, when she became the third American female skier after Tamara McKinney and four-time champion Lindsey Vonn to win the overall title.Though winning is not all that Shiffrin is after.

Shiffrin, who was suffering from a cold, lost more than half a second of a big first-run lead but still beat world GS champion Tessa Worley of France by 0.31 seconds. It would be hard to bet against her as Shiffrin has won six of this season's seven slaloms and has been prevailing by ridiculous margins. "I'm not focusing on that, I'm really happy with my skiing right now and that's what I'm focusing on".

The overall victor from previous year - who has also taken four slalom crystal globes in her career - will be confident of maintaining her title, with the 18th of 38 races taking place on Sunday with a slalom in Kranjska Gora.

"My first run was really really good and my second run was really good too", Shiffrin told reporters.

On Sunday, she remained undefeated in 2018 by winning the slalom world cup in Kranjska Gora, Slovenia, earning the Golden Fox Trophy and her 10th world cup victory of the season.

Sofia Goggia of Italy was 0.91 behind in third, followed by three more racers all within one second of Shiffrin's winning time. "But if I start to think about records or numbers then it just makes me nervous".

Only Annemarie Moser-Proell won more races (41) at that age, and Shiffrin can match the Austrian great's record at a night slalom in Flachau on Tuesday. But Shiffrin, who usually refrains from keeping track of her records and statistics, said "it doesn't feel like it's something insane that's happening". This season she has won four slalom races, two giant slaloms, one parallel slalom, the Oslo city event and a downhill.

"I felt so clean and aggressive on the first run", Shiffrin said. "For sure I want to win, but everybody wants to win".

Not that she will take anything for granted because, as Shiffrin said, "there are quite a few who have the ability to win".



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