Shiffrin wins overall World Cup but record wait goes on
Mikaela Shiffrin has clinched the overall alpine skiing World Cup title for a fifth time, but must still wait to equal the all-time record for most wins.
The two-time Olympic champion finished joint fifth in a downhill race in Kvitfjell on Saturday as Kajsa Vickhoff Lie became the first woman from Norway to win a women's race in the speed discipline.
Italian Sofia Goggia was 0.29 seconds back, clinching the downhill World Cup title for a third straight year and fourth time overall.
Olympic downhill champion Corinne Suter, of Switzerland, completed the podium, 0.41 seconds off the pace.
Shiffrin's fifth place, tied with Austrian Ramona Siebenhofer, was enough to secure back-to-back overall titles and her fifth overall, the others coming in 2017, 2018 and 2019.
She is 796 points ahead of her only rival for the crown, Swiss racer Lara Gut-Behrami, who was 21st, with seven races to spare. A victory is worth 100 points.
In the women's competition, only Austria's Annemarie Moser-Proll has more World Cup titles than Shiffrin, with six.
Overall, she's the third most successful skier, tied with Marc Girardelli of Luxembourg, while Marcel Hirscher of Austria has the most World Cup trophies of all with eight.
Shiffrin could have tied Ingemar Stenmark's all-time record 86 race wins, after breaking Lindsey Vonn's women's record 82 wins in January.
But the US star showed a bit of insecurity and failed to make the podium, after a fourth place in Friday's super-G. She will have another chance in Kvitfjell in the second super-G on Sunday.