Kranjska Gora, Slovenia • American teenager Mikaela Shiffrin can retain her World Cup slalom title on Sunday and become the only skier to secure a crystal globe before the Sochi Olympics.
Shiffrin can do it by extending her 144-point lead in the discipline standings to more than 200 points. A win on Sunday would give her 100 points, then she'd have to hope her closest rivals do not make the podium.
Winning the discipline title with two slaloms in March to spare would make for a huge contrast to last season, when Shiffrin had to make up 1.17 seconds on overall champion Tina Maze in the final run of the last event to snatch it. This season, Shiffrin has been dominating the slalom circuit by winning three of the five races so far. Four-time champion Marlies Schild of Austrian won the other two.