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Mikaela Shiffrin extended her lead in the race for the overall International Ski Federation (FIS) Alpine Skiing World Cup title as she won today's alpine combined event in Crans-Montana in Switzerland. Photo: Paul Bussi – USA TODAY Sports

Mikaela Shiffrin extended her lead in the race for the overall International Ski Federation (FIS) Alpine Skiing World Cup title as she won the alpine combined event in Crans-Montana in Switzerland.

Slovenia’s Illka Štuhec cut the gap to Shiffrin to 258 points with nine events remaining yesterday with her success in the super-G, but the American responded by claiming a victory of her own.

Shiffrin, who won two medals at last week’s World Championships in St Moritz, won in an overall time of 2 min 07.16sec.

The 21-year-old was 0.70 quicker than second-placed skier Federica Brignone of Italy, who finished in 2:07.86.

Štuhec was third-fastest in 2:08.01.

Shiffrin now leads the overall World Cup standings by 298 on 1,323 while Štuhec remains in second on 1,025, with Switzerland’s Lara Gut, who suffered a season-ending injury at the recent World Championships, third on a total of 1,023.

“At the top I was actually a little bit nervous for the slalom and a little bit tired and I was like ‘wake up your legs and go,'” Shiffrin said.

“I made this little bit of a mistake on the fourth gate but then from there on out the timing was there and everything was moving forwards.

“I’m really happy with today.

“I’m happy with the progress I made from yesterday in the super-G portion and yeah of course happy with the slalom and excited to have a win and to take my overall lead into the U.S. races.”

There was also men’s World Cup action today as Italy’s Peter Fill won his first super-G event in Kvitfjell in Norway as he finished in 1:32.83.

The Italian, who finished second yesterday, edged Hannes Reichelt of Austria who took second in 1:32.93 while Canada’s Erik Guay, who claimed the super-G World Cup title in 2010, was third in 1:33.06.

“It was a long wait for me to get the first super-G win, but I’m really happy,” said Fill.

“I made a great run, no mistakes and everywhere a good line and good speed.

“It was perfect for me today.

“The whole form for the season was good, but now, in the first downhill here in Kvitfjell, I was really bad, no speed and a lot of mistakes but yesterday and today was great.”

Women’s World Cup action now moves to Jeongseon in South Korea on March 4 and 5 while the men’s competition resumes in Kranjska Gora in Slovenia.

By Max Winters

Republished with permission from insidethegames.biz

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