24th January 2023
The 27-year-old American superstar, Mikaela Shiffrin, has done it! She’s broken Lindsey Vonn’s record and now has more World Cup victories than any other woman. She clocked up number 83 in the giant slalom at Kronplatz in Italy on Tuesday. NEW
Mikaela Shiffrin equalled Lindsey Vonn’s record of 82 career World Cup wins earlier this month in the giant slalom in Kranjska Gora, Slovenia.
It was only a matter of time before she went one better, but she had to wait for it.
She finally did it in Kronplatz in the Italian Dolomites on Tuesday 24th January 2023.
Remember the date.
Shiffrin was leading after the first run, but was just 0.13 seconds ahead of Switzerland’s Lara Gut-Behrami in second.
Gut-Behrami had a brilliant second run and was almost a second ahead of Italy’s Federica Brignone when she crossed the finish line.
Shiffrin, as the last skier on the course, would have a tough task to beat her.
But she kept her cool and, even with a couple of minor errors, finished 0.45 seconds ahead to make sporting history.
Ed Drake, the British former ski racer was commentating for Eurosport and described it as a masterclass.
“Mikaela Shiffrin making history yet again – 83 World Cup victories. Oh my word, what can you say about that lady?” Drake said.
“History in the making, welcome to Kronplatz, welcome to the record books.”
In her first interview after the race, Shiffrin said it would might take her a little while before she thought of something to say, but she thanked the people who had worked so hard on the course.
“This morning I saw before the first run all of the course workers lining up to slip the hill and it’s the best conditions we had in a race all season, which is hard to say coming from Cortina and that’s because they were here all night slipping the course off making it so wonderful to ski, so thank you for that,” she said.
Shiffrin’s World Cup wins have come in every discipline:
- 51 Slalom
- 18 Giant Slalom
- 5 Super G
- 5 Parallel slalom
- 3 Downhill
- 1 Combined
Last year, Shiffrin broke the record for the most slalom wins by any skier, female or male.
That was when she broke the slalom record held by the great Swede, Ingemar Stenmark.
Now, after victory in Kronplatz in the Italian Dolomites, she has Stenmark’s overall tally of World Cup wins in her sights.
He managed 86 in his career.
So Shiffrin has just three more to go to officially become the greatest alpine skier in World Cup history.
Plenty of time for the young American to do it in her career.
But who’s betting she won’t do it this season?
There are three more races for her between now and the end of the weekend.
We’ll be updating this report later with more reaction so do check back.