Mikaela Shiffrin has won the giant slalom after defeating opponents at the alpine ski.
The 24-year-old skier on Sunday won yet another race as she bagged a crystal trophy and a world cup title. Shiffrin’s Sunday win sealed the season-long standings title, earning her the fourth World Cup crystal globe in one season.
Shiffrin who was seen shedding tears of joy said “my goal was to come out here and earn the title. Really earn it and deserve it.” Mikaela Shiffrin joins the likes of Lindsey Vonn and Tina Maze who hold records for winning a fourth discipline title in one season.
To secure her win this season, Shiffrin needed a top-15 finish in Andorra to put Petra Vlhova, her closest opponent points behind her. Without this, Vlhova would overhaul Shiffrin’s points in total. The skiing champion did not disappoint fans as she retained her first-run lead finishing 0.30 seconds ahead of Alice Robinson, a seventeen-year-old from New Zealand. Petra Vlhova came third, finishing at 0.41 seconds.
Although Alice Robinson did not win the
women’s Alpine skiing cup, a bright future awaits her, sports analysts say. Last month, the New Zealand skier won the giant slalom at the junior world’s category, qualifying her for the World Cup finals.
Robinson earned her first career podium almost at the same age that Shiffrin got her first top-3 finish. Experts say that Robinson has good prospects in skiing and would be a world cup winner even sooner than people expect.
In an interview with Swiss broadcaster RTS, Robinson said “it’s cool to share the first podium with great skiers like Petra and Mikaela. It is an amazing feeling.”
The men’s final race which is scheduled to take place on Sunday may see Marcel Hirscher losing the cup to his challenger, Clement Noel. Hirscher has already earned three crystal globes but the Sunday race could be his last World Cup race as he is considering retirement.