Mikaela Shiffrin adds 84th World Cup win to record total

SAN VIGILIO DI MAREBBE Italy – Mikaela Shiffrin did not wait long to add to her World Cup winning record.

A day after winning the 83rd record, Shiffrin added her 84th win on Wednesday in another big slalom on the same track.

And as she did the day before, Shiffrin led from start to finish, controlling the first run down the steep Erta and then adding to her advantage in the second run.

Shiffrin finished 0.82 seconds ahead of two-time Olympic silver medalist Ragnhild Mowinckel and 1.19 ahead of Olympic champion Sara Hector.

When Shiffrin came to an end after her second run, she fell on the snow, apparently exhausted, with her skis still clinging to her boots before Mowinckel and Hector came to congratulate her and Help her up.

“Oh my God,” Shiffrin said. “I worked very hard and I just hope I end up on the right side of all the gates. Now I’m a little dizzy – very tired, but when you ski like this it keeps your energy running. So “It’s just an incredible feeling.”

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Tuesday’s victory put Shiffrin ahead of the previous 82-win women’s victory by former US teammate Lindsey Vonn, and Wednesday’s victory put her in the top two on the men’s or women’s event. 86 wins made by Ingemar Stenmark.

Vonn retired four years ago when injury cut short her career and Stenmark raced in the 1970s and 1980s.

If Shiffrin wins two slalom in Spindleruv Mlyn Czech Republic this weekend, she could face Stenmark on Sunday.

“Technically, it’s possible,” Shiffrin said with a laugh. “We’ll see if I can power my skis for the other two races.

She added: “It ‘s busy and I’m in the unfortunate state of my menstrual cycle, so I’m more tired now. “We just talk about it normally.”

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Spindleruv is where Shiffrin first appeared at the World Cup as a 15-year-old brawl almost 12 years ago.

“It was a special place for me,” she said. “So I’m really looking forward to it.”

Former World Cup champion Marta Bassino was on the road for the podium before she lost control of a few doors from the finish and plowed through the gates, hitting her hard.

It was Shiffrin’s 10th win of the season and her 19th career victory in a huge slalom that put her on one of Vreni Schneider’s record of 20 in the discipline.

Shiffrin said she had a late night after her record-breaking day.

“But it was a good evening,” she said. “It was great to see so many messages from people and so much support and excitement about the race. I really looked so much and then tried to go to bed and fall asleep. And I woke up in the middle. Midnight. I woke up at 3 o’clock, then I woke up at 5 o’clock, I was hungry all night. I was like, “Oh my God, I messed up.”

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However, Shiffrin managed to pull herself together to bring her best skiing again.

“After [Tuesday]”I’m so tired that it’s been a difficult day,” she said. And I’m scared because I’m tired of skiing. And today I do not want to make a mistake.

“In the first run, I thought, ‘Will I get out of the fourth lane or it will be a good run?’ “It ended a really good run. The second run I just tried to believe in my skiing and kept pushing no matter how I felt.”


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