Shiffrin makes history: the first Alpine skier with 83 World Cup victories

Shiffrin makes history: the first Alpine skier with 83 World Cup victories
Shiffrin makes history: the first Alpine skier with 83 World Cup victories

Mikaela Shiffrin became the first alpine skier in history to win 83 World Cup Alpine Skiing victories. The American was looking forward to her new venture at the giant slalom on Kronplatz (Plan de Corones) in the Italian Dolomites. The twenty-seven-year-old won her ninth race this season, her fourth giant slalom.

Mikaela Shiffrin won at Kronplatz for the second time since 2019, after leading after the first run, and was also the fastest in the final.

At the top, the classification from the first course, which was set by the American coach Mike Day, was maintained. Second place was won by a Swiss woman Lara Gut-Behrami (+0.45), the third was the local woman Federica Brignone (+1.43).

The only skier with more World Cup victories in the absolute female-male competition is a Swede Ingemar Stenmark, who collected 86 victories from 1974 to 1989. He achieved this in 13 World Cup seasons.

Shiffrin is currently 27 years old and will turn 28 on March 13. Vonn was 33 when she last won, while Stenmark was 32.

At the same time, the American champion recorded her 131st podium in the World Cup, which is the most among still active female and male skiers. Norwegian Henrik Kristoffersen for example, she has 79. In front of her are only the legends Stenmark (155), an Austrian Marcel Hirscher (138) and Vonn (137).

Mikaela ShiffrinPHOTO: AP

Shiffrin reached her 18th giant slalom victory in the World Cup and her 35th podium in this discipline. Only the “Mr. Giant Slalom” has more victories and podiums in the giant slalom than the Americans Ted Ligetynamely 24 and 41, respectively.

The most successful Slovenian woman Tina Maze with 26 victories, she is 28th in the all-time ranking, and with 81 places on the podium, she is the 15th most successful in the World Cup among male and female skiers. She is the most successful of the active Slovenian skiers with 20 podiums Ilka Štuhecwho on Saturday in Cortina d’Ampezzo registered a jubilee tenth victory in the World Cup with a triumph on the downhill.

On January 8, in Kranjska Gora, Shiffrinova won her third giant slalom for the Golden Fox Cup with two flawless runs and equaled the women’s World Cup record held by her former teammate and compatriot with 82 wins. Lindsey Vonn.

She then chased a new women’s record two days later in the night slalom in Flachau, where she was prevented from breaking the record mark by a Slovakian Peter Vlhova, who celebrated in front of the American woman. At Kronplatz, she didn’t miss the opportunity for a milestone.

Of the three Slovenian women at the start of today’s race, only the current best Slovenian skier in technical disciplines made it to the final Ana Bucikwhich was in 17th place after the first run.

The Nova Gorica woman improved her ranking by three places in the final, finishing the first of two giant slaloms at this venue in the Italian Dolomites in 14th place (+2.93).

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The unstoppable Shiffrin equaled Vonn’s record, Bucikova’s 10th.

“Another good ranking, good day. I’m most satisfied with the first half of the first run. In the second run I rode technically very correctly, but in some parts I could have descended more. To be more aggressive with the line. These are also instructions for tomorrow, when the plan is to have a high rhythm from the start to the finish. I hope I can make it without a mistake.” said Ana Bucik.

Tina Robnik and Neja Dvornik in 34th and 38th place, they remained at the door of the final.

Another giant slalom will be held at Kronplatz on Wednesday, and before leaving for the world championships in Meribel, France, from February 6 to 19, the female skiers will have two more slaloms at the end of the week at Špindleruv Mlyn in the Czech Republic.

The article is in Slovenian

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