A day after achieving her 39th World Cup victory, Mikaela Shiffrin (Vail, CO) swept towards World Cup history with her 40th victory in Sunday’s slalom at Kranjska Gora, Slovenia.
In spite of a touch of flu, the rainy weather, and adverse course conditions, Shiffrin opened up a 1.47sec first run advantage and on her second run extended her winning margin to 1.64sec over Sweden’s Frida Hansdotter, who finished second, and 1.87sec over Switzerland’s Wendy Holdener in third.
“I really loved the surface the first run,” Shiffrin said. “It got warmer in the second run and a little bit more of a track, but I actually thought it held up quite well. I had so much fun skiing today!”
Shiffrin is undefeated in 2018, winning the past four World Cup events, including two slalom victories, one giant slalom and a city event win in Oslo, Norway on New Year’s Day. She also won the Snow Queen title for her slalom victory in Zagreb, Croatia on Jan. 3, and following her giant slalom and slalom wins in Kranjska Gora, was awarded the Golden Fox, which goes to the best-combined finisher from the slalom and giant slalom.
At just 22, Shiffrin reached another milestone in her ski racing career, equaling Ingemar Stenmark’s 40 wins before his 23rd birthday. Annemarie Moser-Pröll totaled 41 World Cup victories before turning 23. With four slalom and four giant slalom events remaining before Shiffrin turns 23 on March 13, the door is wide open for her to make World Cup history.
Since her World Cup debut as a 16-year-old less than seven years ago, Shiffrin has racked up some impressive stats, including:
- 29 World Cup slalom victories
- 6 World Cup giant slalom victories
- 1 World Cup alpine combined victory
- 1 World Cup downhill victory
- 2 World Cup city event wins
- 1 World Cup parallel slalom victory
- 3 World Championship slalom titles
- 1 Olympic slalom gold medal
- 57 World Cup podiums
Up next, the women’s World Cup circuit moves to Flachau, Austria Jan. 9 for an evening slalom where a victory would tie Shiffrin with Moser-Pröll’s 41 World Cup victories before turning 23.
The girl is on fire and I can’t see her not achieving the record. Go Mikaela!