With the Aspen FIS World Cup Finals behind us, the season is officially over and the results are on the books.
Mikaela Shiffrin is the World Cup overall title winner. Heading into the final weekend, Shiffrin had a comfortable, but not guaranteed, 378 point lead over Ilka Stuhec, the only potential challenger to Shiffrin's title. After opting to sit out the first two races of the weekend due to course conditions, Shiffrin watched her lead drop to just 198 points as Stuhec notched another first and second place finish. Then, Stuhec dropped out of her final race, citing exhaustion. That decision sealed the deal and gave the 22 year old Mikaela Shiffrin her first ever World Cup overall title.
It’s an amazing accomplishment for the fifth American to win the award. In her short career, Shiffrin has also already won an Olympic gold medal, is a three-time world champion, and a four-time World Cup Slalom winner. Overall, it was an amazing year for the young athlete as she made it abundantly clear through her performances that she has aspirations and the skills comparable to the the all-time best.
So congratulations Mikaela, enjoy the off season, and we’ll be eagerly waiting to see you back on course next year!
What Does an Orthotic Do and Do I Really Need One?