Mikaela Shiffrin nearly won her fourth straight World Cup race on Friday. She’ll go into the new year with another podium, though, and a hefty overall standings lead.
Italian Federica Brignone won a giant slalom in Lienz, Austria, by .04 over German Viktoria Rebensburg. Shiffrin was third, .08 behind.
Shiffrin trailed Rebensburg by .05 after the first run in the morning. The American then had the eighth-fastest run in the afternoon.
Shiffrin went into the race having won the last three World Cup events — a giant slalom and parallel slalom in Courchevel, France, and a slalom in Lienz on Thursday.
Lindsey Vonn remains the only skier since 1998 to win four straight World Cup races, doing so in 2011 and 2015.
In 12 starts this season, Shiffrin has five wins and nine podium finishes. She leads Rebensburg by 371 points in the overall standings through 14 of a scheduled 38 races.
The women’s World Cup continues with a city event slalom in Oslo on Monday, expected to be headlined by Shiffrin.
That race will air live on Olympic Channel: Home of Team USA and stream on OlympicChannel.com and the Olympic Channel app at 10 a.m. ET.
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