France's Alexis Pinturault celebrated his 30th birthday by winning the World Cup Alpine skiing giant slalom and overall crystal globes on Saturday.
With only a slalom remaining and a maximum 100 points on offer, Pinturault - runner-up in the last two seasons - now has an unbeatable 1,200 points to Odermatt's 1,093 in the overall standings.
"I worked so hard for so many years and now it feels really right that it's paying off," Pinturault told Eurosport after his 34th career World Cup win.
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"It was paying off before but claiming a globe and also the big globe at the same time is something really unbelievable that I was always searching for, pushing for.
It was an especially hard year but crystal is always something special in our sport, and I'm really happy that I can bring it home.
‘I worked so hard for so many years’ – Pinturault after claiming crystal globes
Pinturault will be the first French overall World Cup champion since Luc Alphand in 1997, and only the country's third since the Cup started in 1967 when Jean-Claude Killy was the winner.
He was also the first French World Cup giant slalom champion since Frederic Covili in 2002.
Odermatt's hopes of taking the overall title on home snow had receded already after the downhill and super-G races were cancelled earlier in the week due to bad weather.
Croatia's Filip Zubcic was runner-up in Saturday's race with France's Mathieu Faivre third.
"It was snowing in the night and you are never sure if the number one is good or not," said Pinturault, who was first out of the start hut. "So I just tried to push as hard as possible.
"The second run was really turny, and when you are coming to the end of the season it's really tiring to make such a run, but at least I managed it."
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