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.

The camera catches Tina Maze making snow angels in victory after the second of her two giant slalom runs // photo Getty Images

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Tina Maze’s GS poetry slam

KRASNAYA POLYANA, Russia — Slovenia’s Tina Maze calls slalom her favorite discipline, which perhaps is a surprise given that it is, of the five alpine ski events, her weakest.

It is giant slalom that brings out her soulful side. “GS,” she says, “is like poetry for me.”

Mikaela Shiffrin after Tuesday's racing in the snow, sleet, rain and fog // photo Getty Images

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Shiffrin’s 5th hints at greatness

KRASNAYA POLYANA, Russia — When Michael Phelps would stand on the blocks in an Olympic final and do that thing he did, wrapping his arms around and around and making that whap-whap-whap sound, was there really any doubt in his mind — or anyone’s watching — what was going to happen?

In the chaos of an Olympic short-track speed skating race, when Apolo Ohno toed the line, his bandana tucked under his helmet, his gaze locked like steel on the first few meters of ice ahead, he was all purposeful calm. He knew what was what, and everyone else — on the line around him — and the thousands in the arena did, too.

Swiss racer Lara Gut after the Olympic super-G // photo Getty Images

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A super-G to test the best

KRASNAYA POLYANA, Russia — The Olympics are supposed to test the best of the best.

What conclusions to draw about Saturday’s women’s super-G, in which eight of the first 11 racers went skidding out and 18 of 49 ultimately did not make it to the finish line? What meaning to infer from a course set by an Austrian coach in which Austrian skiers won gold and bronze?