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Austrian dominates Aspen giant slalom as Shiffrin claims second in final slalom.
Marcel Hirscher unleashed a ferocious second run in Aspen to finish the giant slalom season with a commanding FIS World Cup victory, but Mikaela Shiffrin just missed out on another race win in the slalom.
Germany's Felix Neureuther just got the better of Hirscher in Saturday's first run, however the FIS World Cup giant slalom, slalom and overall champion Hirscher hit back to win by 0.53s with Mathieu Faivre third.
Hirscher said, “Today’s race was very tough. I knew it would be really challenging, but I am super, super happy protecting the (crystal) globe from Alexis (Pinturault) this season.
"It means a lot to me especially at the beginning of the season when he was unbelievably fast. I proved myself to be pretty good during the season.”
Hirscher could not end the season with another victory in Sunday’s slalom, Swede Andre Myhrer edging out Neureuther and Austrian Michael Matt for victory leaving the slalom season champion off the podium in fourth.
In the women’s slalom, Shiffrin could not win another race in front of her home American fans as Petra Vlhova edged her out for a thrilling victory.
Slovakian Vlhova led Sweden's Frida Hansdotter by 0.03s after the first run, slalom and overall champion Shiffrin third at the halfway mark just 0.07s behind Vlhova.
Shiffrin jumped ahead of Hansdotter in the second run, but could not carve out enough time to stop Vlhova from sealing her first win of the FIS World Cup season.
The 22-year-old said, "I love racing in Aspen and in front of my home crowd. It was a good day.
"It (overall title) has been a goal and a dream of mine since I was five years old. It's really difficult to understand something that has finally happened."
Shiffrin could not finish her FIS World Cup season on a winning high when it came to Sunday’s giant slalom, Federica Brignone destroying the field to win.
Brignone produced an exceptional first run that gave her plenty of breathing space in the second, compatriots Sofia Goggia and Marta Bassino rounding off a brilliant day for the Italians with second and third too.
Viktoria Rebensburg was just off the podium in fourth, France’s Tessa Worley finishing fifth to seal the FIS World Cup giant slalom title from Shiffrin in sixth.
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