On Friday, Mikaela Shiffrin triumphed in the giant slalom in Åre, Sweden, winning her 86th World Cup race and matching the overall record set by skiing legend Ingemar Stenmark.
Shiffrin is now on the brink of becoming the sport’s all-time winningest athlete, male or female, and has a chance to break the record on Saturday in the slalom.
After the race, the 27-year-old American beamed, saying, “This is just a spectacular day. I just wanted to push and fight for it.”
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Mikaela Shiffrin finished her final race 00.64 seconds ahead of her nearest rival, Federica Brignone, despite the Italian scoring the fastest time in the second run.
This was Shiffrin’s 20th giant slalom victory, bringing her level with Vreni Schneider for the women’s record number of wins in that discipline.
Her compatriot, Lindsey Vonn, who previously held the women’s record with 83 World Cup wins, tweeted, “Congrats!! Dominating.”
Friday’s victory also secured Shiffrin her 15th giant slalom crystal globe, adding to the overall and slalom titles she had already claimed earlier this season.
Shiffrin’s success in the World Cup is a testament to her hard work and dedication to the sport. She has overcome significant personal obstacles, including the death of her father, to become one of the greatest ski racers of all time.
As the world watches in anticipation, Shiffrin has the opportunity to cement her place in skiing history by breaking Stenmark’s record in Saturday’s slalom.
Regardless of the outcome, Shiffrin’s accomplishments thus far are truly remarkable, and her legacy in the sport is secure.