At the Killington World Cup yesterday Mikaela Shiffrin claimed her 62nd world cup win by a huge 2.29-second margin over rival Petra Vlhova from Slovakia in the slalom (1:50.45 to 1:52.74). Sweden’s Anna Swenn Larsson also finished on the podium in third (1:53.18).
“It’s really so fun to compete in front of a crowd here, this crowd is so special,” said Shiffrin. “I could hear them today again. I kept thinking, ‘Keep fighting to get down there and keep fighting to make it to the finish and keep pushing, these guys are excited to see it.’ The [fans] really, really carried me down the hill. Anywhere else I might have gotten bumped off the course.”
Shiffrin has now won the Killington slalom the last four times – every year it’s been held. She now has 62 world cup wins, tying Austrian Annemarie Moser-Pröll for second-most world cup victories for women behind Lindsey Vonn’s 82. It was also her 42nd world cup slalom victory; only Swedish legend Ingemar Stenmark (46 in giant slalom) and Vonn (43 in downhill) have won more in a single event.
In overall world cup standings, Shiffrin extended her lead to 340 points, more than twice as many as her nearest rival (Swiss skier Michelle Gisin with 148).
Shiffrin leaves Killington to fly to Canada for the first women’s speed races of the season at Lake Louise, Alberta, later this week.