Shiffrin becomes most decorated US skier

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Mikaela Shiffrin has become the most decorated US skier after claiming a ninth World Championships podium finish with a gold in the combined event in Italy.

The 25-year-old from Colorado says winning a medal is a bonus on top of the adrenaline rush alpine skiing generates.

"I always try to be on top, not because of the records but because I like to ski fast," the twice Olympic gold medallist told a news conference.

"It's amazing to win a gold medal on any day at any race but today was just spectacular."

Shiffrin topped the standings in the combined event after an impeccable two-leg performance as Cortina d'Ampezzo, springing from third in the super-G to first after brushing aside her rivals in the slalom.

She surpassed compatriot Lindsey Vonn with a ninth overall World Championships medal, including six gold.

Second-placed Slovakian Petra Vlhova finished 0.86 seconds behind Shiffrin and Swiss Michelle Gisin in third was 0.89 seconds off the pace, with 14 of the 30 participants failing to finish the demanding slalom course

"The last few days have been fun and it's really nice to win a medal," she said.

"I had a really good super-G run, it set up well for the slalom portion and I was able to push in difficult conditions."

Shiffrin will now be hot favourite to add to her medal haul in the women's giant slalom scheduled for Thursday and the slalom, her strongest event, on Saturday.