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The 22- year old US slalom specialist, Mikaela Shiffrin, has won the women's overall title. It seals her rise to supremacy and some say she could become the greatest female skier of all time with many years ahead of her. NEW

She won the title in strange style.

The only other skier that could mathematically catch her, Ilka Stuhec from Slovenia, decided not to race in Saturday's slalom at the World Cup final in Aspen and so the title went to Shiffrin.

She was fast asleep when she won.

 "My mum walked into my room, I had just woken up from a nap, and said, 'Congratulations, the overall is yours. Ilka decided not to ski the slalom, so it's yours.'," Shiffrin said.

"It didn't seem like a real thing. It's odd to say I won something in ski racing when I wasn't actually out on the hill," she added.

The overall title has been her main goal in ski racing and she puts it above an Olympic gold.

The comparisons with Lindsey Vonn are obvious.

Lindsey Vonn has a women's record 77 World Cup victories but Shiffrin has 31 already.

Vonn had only four wins when she was Shiffrin's age.

At the 2014 Sochi Olympics, Shiffrin became the youngest Olympic slalom champion at age 18.

She has won slalom gold at the past three world championships and this year added a silver in giant slalom.

Shiffrin becomes only the fifth American ski racer to win the overall crown - joining Phil Mahre (1981-83), Tamara McKinney (1983), Bode Miller (2005, 2008) and Lindsey Vonn (2008-10, 2012).

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.

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