Olympic gold medalist Mikaela Shiffrin mathematically clinched her second straight FIS Alpine World Cup slalom title by winning her her fourth World Cup slalom of the season on Saturday in Are, Sweden.
Shiffrin, at the age of 18, became the youngest woman to reach eight World Cup slalom wins.
“I’m just really comfortable on slalom skis,” Shiffrin said. “It feels so easy to me when I’m loose and I let my skis go, and it just seems like they find the finish for me and I don’t have to work so hard.”
In the men’s competition, fellow Olympic gold medalist Ted Ligety captured a giant slalom victory in Kranjska Gora, Slovenia. He became the first man in World Cup history to win six times at the same venue.
Ligety is now within 50 points of Australian Marcel Hirscher for the 2014 World Cup giant slalom title. The title will be decided on March 15 at the World Cup Finals, which will be shown on Universal Sports.
“Now the GS title isn’t so far away, but it’s still kind of far away with the mistakes I’ve made so far this year,” Ligety said. “I’m just skiing race to race, and wins are always important even if they don’t go for the title.”
Ligety is scheduled to race in the slalom on Sunday at 11 AM ET on Universal Sports to close the World Cup regular season.