Mikaela Shiffrin Ties Lindsey Vonn’s All-Time Win Record
U.S. Ski Team Star Mikaela Shiffrin tied Lindsey Vonn’s record of 82 World Cup victories, both now sharing the title of the most World Cup wins by a woman alpine ski racer. Mikaela tied the record Sunday at the Kranjska Gora, Slovenia giant slalom.
Sweden’s Ingemar Stenmark holds the overall World Cup win record with 86 top finishes throughout his career. Ingemar retired from competitive racing in 1989.
According to U.S. Ski and Snowboard, “The race conditions were unpredictable in Kranjska Gora, but Shiffrin powered through the sugary snow and flat light to win first run. She built on her lead in second run to win by .77 seconds – a massive margin in alpine ski racing. When she crossed the finish line and saw her result, she let out an uncharacteristic celebratory yell and sat on her skis to let it soak in.”
“I really wanted to ski it well and I did,” Mikaela said. “I can’t believe it. It was a fight.”
“I was so nervous on the second run because I said I did not care about the number, but I was more nervous than I have ever been. I am trying not to think about the records or change my goals but its 82 victories it’s a bit indescribable.”
Photo Credit: Dawsy for U.S. Ski & Snowboard