Wednesday, December 6, 2023

Mikaela Shiffrin equals all-time skiing record with 86th World Cup win in Sweden | CNN


Mikaela Shiffrin received her 86th World Cup race on Friday – triumphing within the large slalom in Åre, Sweden – to match the general report set by snowboarding legend Ingemar Stenmark.

Shiffrin is now on the precipice of changing into the game’s all-time winningest athlete – man or girl – and may break the report on Saturday within the slalom.

“That is only a spectacular day,” a beaming Shiffrin mentioned after the race. “I simply needed to push and combat for it.”

She completed her closing race 00.64 seconds forward of her nearest rival Federica Brignone regardless of the Italian scoring the quickest time within the second run.

It was the 27-year-old American’s twentieth large slalom victory and introduced her degree with Vreni Schneider for the ladies’s report variety of wins in that self-discipline.

Shiffrin’s compatriot Lindsey Vonn, who reached 83 World Cup wins and was the ladies’s report holder earlier than Shiffrin overtook her, tweeted, “Congrats!! Dominating.”

Friday’s victory additionally secured Shiffrin her fifteenth large slalom crystal globe. The American had already claimed the general and slalom titles earlier this season.

Shiffrin can declare the report for herself on Saturday when she returns to the slopes within the slalom, which begins at 04:15 a.m. ET.

If she doesn’t declare victory in her favourite race the American skier may have one other shot at glory subsequent week on the World Cup finals in Andorra the place she’s going to compete within the downhill, super-G, grand slalom and slalom.

Shiffrin won the record-tying race at the same venue she won her first World Cup race in 2012.

Breaking Stenmark’s report would cap a outstanding season for Shiffrin given she didn’t decide up a single medal from 5 races on the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing and failed to complete in three of them.

She has taken 12 World Cup victories to date this season, 5 wanting her personal report of 17 set in 2018-19.

In February, Shiffrin overtook Vonn’s ladies’s report of 82 wins earlier than she secured her seventh profession Alpine world championships gold medal within the Alps which made her probably the most profitable skier within the fashionable period (put up World Conflict II).

Shiffrin spoke to CNN’s Amanda Davies in January, saying, “I really feel like I don’t push myself if my rivals aren’t pushing me, and my complete profession, I’ve all the time had not less than one principal rival. That’s all the time in my thoughts. What are they doing? What are they engaged on?”

“Even when I’m coaching alone, I’m all the time pondering, ‘Can I ski this sooner?’ And if I can, then I higher as a result of someone else in all probability is.”

Shiffrin has now received 52 slaloms, 20 large slaloms, 5 super-Gs, 5 parallels, three downhills and one Alpine mixed.

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