Mikaela Shiffrin was confirmed as the winner ofthe women's Alpine Skiing World Cup overalltitle in Aspen on Saturday, despite finishing behind Petra Vlhova in the final slalom race of the season.
Shiffrin, 22, went into the final two races with an almost unassailable 198-point advantage at the top of the leaderboard, but her first overall crystal globe was effectively secured on Friday when closest rival Ilka Stuhec announced she would not participate in the penultimate event of the season.
The American —who won the slalom globe in Squaw Valley last weekend —clinched the title by finishing 0.24 seconds behind Vlhova's winning time of one minute, 32 seconds, with Frida Hansdotter third.
"I don't know if I'll ever process that," Shiffrin said of her overall title.
"It's been a goal and a dream of mine since I was five-years-old. It's really difficult to understand something that finally happens after 20 years."
Shiffrin will now turn her attention to completing a treble in the season-ending giant slalom on Sunday, though she will need to make up 81 points on Tessa Worley to take an outright lead in the discipline.
"I'm definitely motivated after today," Shiffrin said. "I don't want to leave anything out there."
In the men's giant slalom, overall champion Marcel Hirscher underlined his dominance by beating Felix Neureuther to the top step on the podium by more than 0.5secs. Mathieu Favre finished third.