Mikaela Shiffrin’s chase of the women’s World Cup record lives on after she finished seventh in a super-G race Sunday, 0.62 seconds behind the winner.
The 27-year-old tied fellow American Lindsey Vonn’s mark of 82 wins on Jan. 8 with a grand slalom victory in Slovenia. But she missed the podium in three straight events in Cortina, Italy, so her quest continues.
While Shiffrin missed her chance to break the record this weekend, the upcoming World Cup schedule still offers opportunities.
Two in the top 10!@MikaelaShiffrin and @PaulaMoltzan snag 2nd and 5th in Flachau🙌#stifelusalpineteam // @Stifel pic.twitter.com/OqiducccFq— U.S. Ski & Snowboard Team (@usskiteam) January 10, 2023
Two in the top 10!@MikaelaShiffrin and @PaulaMoltzan snag 2nd and 5th in Flachau🙌#stifelusalpineteam // @Stifel pic.twitter.com/OqiducccFq
Her next chances to break the tie with Vonn will come in two giant slaloms at the Kronplatz resort in San Vigilio di Marebbe, Italy, on Tuesday and Wednesday.
Should Shiffrin not break the tie in those races, then giant slalom and slalom races await her in Spindleruv Mlyn, Czech Republic, on Jan. 28 and 29. Should Shiffrin still sit one win short after these races, she would have to wait until February to try again.
When she does claim the women’s record, Shiffrin next will turn to Ingemar Stenmark’s overall record of 86. No alpine skier other than Shiffrin, Vonn and Stenmark has recorded even 70 wins.
Shiffrin tied the women’s record in just 233 races across 13 seasons. Vonn, who struggled with injuries in the latter half of the career and retired in 2019, reached the 82-win mark in 395 races.
“[Mikaela] is the best skier that has ever lived in my eyes,” Vonn told a German newspaper earlier this year.
Her versatility in particular stands out. Shiffrin is the only athlete to win a race in each of the six World Cup skiing disciplines (downhill, super-G, slalom, giant slalom, combined and parallel). She excels in the slalom, with 51 wins, the most of any skier in one discipline.