Mikaela Shiffrin becomes 5th U.S. skier to claim overall World Cup title

On Sunday, 22-year-old skier Mikaela Shiffrin was crowned the overall World Cup title winner at the 2017 World Cup Finals in Aspen, Colorado, becoming the fifth U.S. skier to ever take home the most hallowed trophy in ski racing.

As reported by NBC Sports, Shiffrin joins Phil Mahre, Tamara McKinney, Bode Miller and Lindsey Vonn as the only U.S. skiers to hoist the crystal globe, which has been handed out every year since 1967 to the male and female skiers who accrue the most points throughout all races in the FIS World Cup season.

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The overall title served as the bookend to an absolutely dominant season for Shiffrin which saw the young Vail, Colorado native win six of the eight World Cup slalom events she entered. Shiffrin placed second and third, respectively, in the events she didn’t win.

“I’ve been dreaming about the overall globe. I just wanted to be the best skier in the world. When you look up the definition of best skier in the world the overall globe pops up, and that’s sort of where I got the idea,” Shiffrin told the Aspen Times.

“I don’t know if we’ll ever have World Cup Finals in the U.S. in my career time again. So this was incredible,” Shiffrin continued. “I had the World Cup Finals two hours away from my hometown, my first overall globe winning it in Colorado — there are a lot of things that have been very exciting about being here. We are all tired. I’m tired, but it’s been amazing.”

As the Aspen Times reports, despite only being 22, Shiffrin is already third in U.S. skiing history with 31 career World Cup victories, only two wins behind Miller. She still has a way to go if she wants to become the winningest skier ever: Lindsey Vonn currently holds that distinction with 77 World Cup victories.