Just days after celebrating her 19th birthday, Olympic champion Mikaela Shiffrin hoisted her second FIS Alpine World Cup Crystal Globe on Saturday. She won the slalom season finale by a dominant 1.44-second margin.
It was Shiffrin’s ninth World Cup slalom win, tying the U.S. record for either gender.
“I guess my secret is not letting people tell me I can’t do it,” Shiffrin said. “Everybody thinks this is impossible. You can’t win a race by 1.4 (seconds) anymore. You can’t win the Olympics at 18. People say you can’t a lot, and I never listen to them.”
Fellow Olympic champion Ted Ligety also took home a FIS Alpine World Cup Crystal Globe, in giant slalom. He won the giant slalom season finale Saturday to pass Marcel Hirscher (AUT) in the standings.
“I’m super thrilled,” Ligety said. “This is a goal every year to win the giant slalom globe, but it was by the skin of my teeth today.”