Mikaela Shiffrin retains overall World Cup title
Mikaela Shiffrin retained her overall World Cup crown with five races to spare after finishing third in the giant slalom at Ofterschwang.
In her first race since winning gold (giant slalom) and silver (combined) medals at the PyeongChang Olympics, the American only needed a top-six finish to guarantee the title.
Ultimately, she did not even need that as Wendy Holdener, the only woman who could have pushed the battle to another race, finished down in 14th.
"It's an incredible moment right now," said Shiffrin.
"After last year when I won the overall, some people were saying it was sort of fake 'because the other girls weren't there and there was nobody to challenge her.'
" So to have the overall this year locked in already before we go to (the World Cup) finals (in Are, Sweden), it feels like a confirmation for me."
Norway's Ragnhild Mowinckel took victory, 0.74 seconds ahead of Shiffrin, with Germany's Viktoria Rebensburg in second.
Shiffrin, 22, becomes only the second American female skier to win multiple overall titles. Lindsey Vonn has won four.
Shiffrin has enjoyed a dominant season, topping the World Cup podium 11 times.
With additional reporting from Reuters