Mikaela Shiffrin after winning last week's World Cup slalom at Squaw Valley, California // Getty Images

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Feeling 22, and everything is so all right

The American racer Mikaela Shiffrin on Friday clinched enough points to win the fancy crystal globe that goes to the alpine World Cup tour’s best overall female skier.

She becomes just the third American to win the season title. Tamara McKinney won it in 1983. Lindsey Vonn has won four big globes, as they like to call it on the tour, most recently in 2012. Now comes Mikaela Shiffrin, who just this past Monday turned 22.

Laurenne Ross celebrates her second-place finish on the famed Kandahar course with her U.S. teammates and coaches // photo Mitchell Gunn/ESPA, courtesy U.S. Ski Team

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Laurenne Ross makes it 6-for-6

The U.S. women’s ski team is so deep that three weeks ago coaches had to make a difficult choice about who to leave off the start list for the downhill at the world championships in Schladming, Austria.

Ultimately, they decided, reluctantly, that Laurenne Ross would be the one who wouldn’t go.

Lindsey Vonn's report to her thousands of Facebook friends -- note the wistful "long skirts this summer" hashtag ...

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Lindsey Vonn makes like the Terminator: I’ll be back

Lindsey Vonn, two or so weeks after ripping her right knee up in a gruesome fall at alpine skiing’s world championships, said Friday she has no doubt she will be back for the Sochi 2014 Olympics.

It’s a race against time, one that positions Vonn, the 2010 Vancouver Games downhill champion, winner of 59 World Cup races and four World Cup overall titles, not just as an underdog but as the comeback story of the 2014 Games.

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Vonn throws Lake Louise three-peat times two

Lindsey Vonn made it three-for-three on a snowy Sunday in Lake Louise, Canada, winning the super-G, a World Cup victory that capped a spectacular weekend for her individually and, for that matter, the U.S. women’s team.

Vonn — just as she did last year — won all three races in Lake Louise. She won downhills Friday and Saturday. And then she won the super-G Sunday in 1:22.82.