11 March, 2018
He clocked 1:49.17 to beat World Cup series leader Beat Feuz of Switzerland by 0.08 seconds.
Her nearest rival, Wendy Holdener of Switzerland, lost any hope of overhauling the USA star when she trailed in 14th on Friday.
Austria's Annemarie Moser-Proell won her 41st race aged 21 in 1975 before missing the following season to care for her father. With a win in Saturday's World Cup slalom at Ofterschwang, Germany, the EagleVail racer became the first racer to reach 42 career victories on the World Cup before turning age 23. Holdener finished second in slalom, followed by Sweden's Frida Hansdotter. Lindsey Vonn, who did not race this weekend but will be in Are, holds the record of 81 wins.
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Thomas' strong Day 3 wasn't enough to catch the leader, but he sits now four strokes back with one round to play. Sharma, the only two-time victor on the European Tour this year who leads the Race to Dubai, didn't blink.
Even before her final run, Shiffrin was guaranteed the crystal globe as her only remaining rival, Wendy Holdener, failed to get the win or second place she needed to maintain her mathematical title chance.
"My biggest challenge this year has not been the Olympics or the (World Cup) overall or any of that, but getting motivated for these last races", she said. "For Wendy, I knew she had a really good run because I could hear the announcers from the top, but I thought 'not today Wendy!'"
"For me the important thing is the balance between risk and being smart". Norway's Ragnhild Mowinckel won the event by 0.74 of a second, her first career victory.
Shiffrin was planning to take a few days off before flying to Are and compete in the last GS and slalom races of the season, with nothing more at stake than just the race win.