Skier wins 10th season-long title and first in speed discipline
Shiffrin, 24, locked up overall and slalom titles weeks ago
Italy’s Dominik Paris captured men’s title at World Cup finals
Mikaela Shiffrin won the World Cup super-G title for her 10th career crystal globe, and Dominik Paris secured the men’s title by winning the season-ending race at the World Cup finals on Thursday.
Both skiers won super-G titles at the world championships five weeks ago, but had not won the season-long World Cup prize in the discipline before.
Shiffrin finished fourth in the women’s race, which was won by Viktoria Rebensburg of Germany, for her first globe in a speed discipline. She has also won three overall titles and six slalom titles, and is a strong favorite to add the giant slalom season prize on Sunday.
“It’s special because I really never thought I could be in this position this season already in super-G,” said Shiffrin, who had not won a race in the discipline before this season.
But she triumphed in all three previous World Cup super-Gs she competed in this campaign and praised her speed coaches from the US ski team for helping her.
“The way that everybody came together and made this work was just amazing,” Shiffrin said. “We are all so proud and everybody feels some ownership of this.”
Shiffrin’s title chase got a boost because several races she had not entered were canceled, most notably last week in Sochi, where two super-Gs were called off because of bad weather.