Mar 15, 2014, 7:19 AM EDT
Mikaela Shiffrin had already clinched the title, which made Saturday quite a victory lap.
The Olympic slalom champion won the last World Cup slalom race of the season at the World Cup Finals in Lenzerheide, Switzerland, by a blowout margin of 1.44 seconds.
That’s about the same margin that separated second place from eighth.
Shiffrin, who turned 19 on Thursday, won her second straight crystal globe as the slalom champion, adding points from all eight races during the World Cup season.
That trophy will complement her Olympic and World Championship gold medals in the event she has come to own in a little over a year.
She proved that Saturday, taking a 1.57-second lead after the first of two runs and just about maintaining it in her second run to beat Sweden’s Frida Hansdotter by 1.44. Austrian Marlies Schild was third.
Shiffrin won her fifth World Cup slalom race of the season, more than any man or woman in one discipline this year, and became the first skier to score more than 600 World Cup points in any discipline this season. She won the season title by 150 points.
She won four slalom races last season when she won the season title by 33 points.
She said she skied with no pressure Saturday.
“I was really just trying to ski that I was having fun, show the world that it’s really fun to ski slalom,” Shiffrin said after receiving her crystal globe.
The Colorado native’s next goal is to win a World Cup giant slalom, which she has never done despite two podium finishes this season. She’ll get another chance in the final World Cup race of the season Sunday.
Next year could be even bigger for Shiffrin, who plans on adding super-G to her slalom and giant slalom, which could vault her into the overall title mix. The World Championships are in her hometown of Vail in February 2015.
1. Mikaela Shiffrin (USA) 2:04.54
2. Frida Hansdotter (SWE) 2:05.98
3. Marlies Schild (AUT) 2:06.20
4. Kathrin Zettel (AUT) 2:06.22
5. Wendy Holdener (SUI) 2:06.24
6. Nicole Hosp (AUT) 2:06.65
7. Sarka Strachova (CZE) 2:06.86
8. Maria Pietilae-Holmner (SWE) 2:07.35
9. Chiara Costazza (ITA) 2:07.62
10. Marie-Michele Gagnon (CAN) 2:07.73
Final World Cup Slalom standings
1. Mikaela Shiffrin (USA) — 638
2. Frida Hansdotter (SWE) — 488
3. Marlies Schild (AUT) — 385
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