Despite warm, wet weather and soft snow conditions, Mikaela Shiffrin, 23 maintained her dominance on Saturday with her 13th victory of the season, comfortably winning the slalom World Cup event at Maribor, Slovenia. She finished 0.77 seconds ahead of Sweden’s Anna Swenn-Larsson. Wendy Holdener of Switzerland finished third.
“This year has been very special,” Shiffrin said, “It’s always a big fight, but it’s something I’m really proud of this whole season. My team has done a great job … it’s hard to put it into words.”
The victory took Shiffrin’s overall tally to 56 World Cup wins, passing Swiss great Vreni Schneider for third on the all-time list of women’s World Cup winners. Austria’s Annemarie Moser Proell (62) sits in second place behind retiring American Lindsey Vonn (82). This season, Shiffrin has become the first skier, male or female, to have won 16 races in a calendar year. With her 13th victory this season, Shiffrin is now just one short of the record of the most wins in a single season, Schneider won an unprecedented 14 races in 1988-89.