Today, Mikaela Shiffrin won her first World Cup ski race since her father’s death almost a year ago. It was her first victory since January 2020, a week before he tragically passed.
An emotional Shiffrin protected her first-run lead in Monday’s giant slalom to finish 0.82 seconds ahead of Federica Brignone. Former world champion Tessa Worley was 1.09 behind in third place at Courchevel in the French Alps.
“It’s pretty hard to explain. Ninety-five percent of me felt that I couldn’t do it and then just a small bit of me at the right time and I was … It’s crazy to be back here.”
– Mikaela Shiffrin, holding back tears
The win is her 67th World Cup victory, which ties her with Marcel Hirscher as third on the all-time list, behind Lindsey Vonn (82) and Ingemar Stenmark (86).