There was a sense of deja vu in Kranjska Gora on Sunday as Mikaela Shiffrin claimed back-to-back victories.
Shiffrin has been nearly unbeatable in this season’s FIS Alpine Skiing World Cup and topped the podium once again in a repeat of Saturday’s giant slalom results at the Slovenian resort. The 22-year-old American has now won seven of the last eight races in all disciplines and all four events in 2018.
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Her second victory in Slovenia was thanks to a sensational opening run that saw her stop the clock on 51.44 seconds, an incredible 1.47 seconds clear of nearest rival Frida Hansdotter.
Wrapping up first place was a mere formality after that, Shiffrin taking the win by 1.64 seconds from Hansdotter, with Wendy Holdener completing the podium.
It gives her a 235-point lead in the slalom standings and a phenomenal advantage of 721 in the overall table, making her strong favorite to repeat her success of last season and challenge for a number of gold medals in Pyeongchang next month.
Sunday’s triumph was her 40th World Cup win, placing her sixth on the all-time list.