Updated: Saturday, 08 March 2014 21:40 | By Agence France-Presse

Shiffrin retains slalom skiing's crystal globe

America's women's Olympic slalom champion Mikaela Shiffrin won the World Cup race in the discipline at Are, Sweden, on Saturday to retain her crystal globe title.

Shiffrin retains slalom skiing's crystal globe

Mikaela Shiffrin of the US competes during the first run of the Alpine Ski World Cup women's giant slalom in Are, Sweden, on March 7, 2014 - by Jonathan Nackstrand

The 18-year-old -- also world  champion in the event -- recorded her fourth win of the season and eighth in World Cup races.

She beat home Sweden's Maria Pietilae-Holmner by 60hundreths of a second while another Swede Anna Swenn-Larsson was third, 1.5sec adrift, for her first ever podium finish at the age of 22.

Germany's Maria Hoefl-Riesch finished seventh which was enough to see her regain the lead in the race for the overall World Cup title.

She leads Austrian Anna Fenninger by 29 points heading into the World Cup finals in Lenzerheide, Switzerland, next week.

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