Mikaela Shiffrin sets a new record in the Slalom World Cup

Mikaela Shiffrin sets a new record in the Slalom World Cup


With her 36th slalom victory at the World Cup in Semmering (Austria), Mikaela Shiffrin surpassed the Austrian Marlies Schild in the history books to become the most successful slalom skier of all time. She also became the first skier in the World Cup to win 15 World Cup races in a single year. Shiffrin reached the weekend tied with Marcel Hirscher of Austria with 14 victories in 2018, after both surpassed the previous record held by Sweden's Ingemar Stenmark, who won 13 races in 1977 and again in 1979.

Mikaela Shiffrin maintained an advantage of almost half a second after the first heat on the closest rival, Petra Vlhova of Slovakia, who won the giant slalom race on Friday. Finally, the American was able to hold on to victory by a margin of 0.29 seconds. Wendy Holdener from Switzerland completed the podium in third place after skiing the second fastest time.

A hard surface combined with some difficult turns contributed to 19 skiers not finishing or being disqualified in the first round and other five athletes did not finish the second round.

Mikaela Shiffrin, now has 51 total victories in the World Cup, and posts a total of 1,034 points in the race for the overall classification, almost double that of Vlhova who ranks second (568). Shiffrin has already been a two-time World Cup champion.

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