As Olympics near, Mikaela Shiffrin continues World Cup dominance

As Olympics near, Mikaela Shiffrin continues World Cup dominance

Meanwhile, she's won the season slalom title in four of the last five seasons (and she's in first in 2018), finished second in the giant slalom in 2017 and also won her first overall season title previous year.

Schild, the younger sister of Shiffrin's childhood hero Marlies Schild, gave in to the pressure and finished second in a combined 1:51.80, nearly a full second behind the American.

But on a course set by her coach Mike Day, the defending overall champion was back to her best and posted the fastest second-run time to beat the Austrian by 0.94.

Shiffrin continued to add chapters to her storybook season by staging her first come-from-behind win of the season and gaining her 10th world cup win of the season after winning slalom at the Flachau, Austria world cup on Tuesday.

By comparison Lindsey Vonn, the women's record-holder with 78 career victories, only won seven World Cup races prior to her 23rd birthday.

Shiffrin trailed Schild by 0.37 seconds after the first run.

Shiffrin has a great personality, is photogenic and is the most talented skier this country has produced in decades. "A lot of people say you can't really compare (the eras) and I agree with them". "It's a different time now. It's incredible, nevertheless. I wasn't thinking about the 41st victory, I was just thinking, you know, ski this one like this is going to be that last one you'll ever ski".

Mikaela Shiffrin of the United States recorded her 41 World Cup win by taking gold in the ladies' slalom event at the International Ski Federation (FIS) Alpine Skiing World Cup event in Flachau.

Shiffrin went further ahead in both the overall and the slalom standings as her main rivals, Slovakia's Petra Vlhova and Switzerland's Wendy Holdener, failed to finish their first runs.

Shiffrin will have to wait though after confirming she will skip the two speed events on the programme this weekend at another Austrian resort, Bad Kleinkirchheim.

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