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The US skier, Mikaela Shiffrin, fights for the overall World Cup title this weekend in Aspen. If she takes top spot it will represent the dawn of a new era in women's ski racing. NEW & UPDATED

The US skier, Lindsey Vonn, has been the dominant force in the US team and women's ski racing.

At the weekend Mikaela Shiffrin, who turned 22 on Monday,  took the slalom title in Squaw Valley, USA.

She secured her 4th Slalom World Cup title after claiming a second win in as many days on home snow in Squaw Valley.

"The slalom title was my first, highest goal so it's pretty important," she said after her victory.

With four races left and a maximum of 400 points up for grabs her lead of 378 points of Ilka Stuhec from Slovenia looked almost insurmountable.

But results in this week's downhill and Super G events meant the 31-time World Cup race winner Shiffrin was kept waiting for the overall crown.

There are now two races of the season left, but they are in Shiffrin's favoured disciplines of slalom and GS. 

They take place this weekend at the World Cup Finals in Aspen, Colorado.

Through the season she has not talked about the overall title, but now she is considering the possibility.

"I was worried people would think I am too ambitious, or the overall is too lofty of a goal for me. But obviously it is a very reasonable goal. I'm not worried what other people think about it anymore," she said in a statement to the Associated Press.

"It is wonderful to have the racing here and the whole town is really looking forward to some exciting sporting action and it will put our resort in the media spotlight and bring some very welcome publicity," said Lea Tucker from the resort's tourist office.

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PlanetSKI was in Aspen last month on our 4-week long USA and Canada road trip.

We skied the course after a morning hike up the Highland Bowl - see here for our Colorado blog from the time.

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Half way down the course is a special copse of trees commemorating the victors.

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We wonder if there will soon be a tree with Mikaela Shiffrin's name on it.

Here at PlanetSKI we first came across Mikaela when she was just about to become a teenage sensation.

See here for a chairlift chat video interview that she did with our editor, James Cove, back in December 2012 when she was just 16-years old.

The Austrian racer, Marcel Hirscher, has already secured the overall men's World Cup title.

It is the sixth successive time he has achieved the feat.

The World Cup season will conclude on Sunday.

Additional reporting from InsidetheGames

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