Mikaela Shiffrin Wins World Cup Slalom in Austria | First Slalom Victory Since Dec 2019

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Mikaela Shiffrin takes 1st place in the Women’s Slalom on Jan. 12, 2021, in Flachau Austria. Via Getty

Mikaela Shiffrin earned the 100th World Cup podium of her career last night, winning the slalom under the lights of Flachau, Austria. The victory also takes her clear of Marcel Hirscher to put her clear third in the all-time wins list.

Shiffrin’s 68 victories are bested only by Ingemar Stenmark with 86 and Lindsey Vonn with 82. The victory was Shiffrin’s 44th in a World Cup slalom race and with just two more slalom wins she would tie Stenmark for the most wins in a single discipline; Stenmark won 46 in the giant slalom.

Shiffrin was first in Tuesday’s competition and put down the fastest opening run, quicker than Switzerland’s Wendy Holdener by .08-seconds and Slovakia’s Petra Vlhova by .14-seconds. Starting the second run last, she extended her lead to 0.19-seconds. Austria’s Katharina Liensberger was second, followed by Holdener.

“There’s so much energy. This has been building up, and I don’t know, it just all went out on that run.”

– Mikaela Shiffrin

The slalom victory was Shiffrin’s first since December 29, 2020, in Lienz, Austria. The death of her father, a global pandemic, and injuries contributed to this more than a year gap.

The women’s world cup continues this weekend with giant slaloms in Kranjska Gora, Slovenia.

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