Mikaela Shiffrin clinched her 46th slalom victory on Sunday in Killington, Vermont, tying Sweden’s Ingemar Stenmark‘s record for career World Cup wins in a single discipline.
The American skier beat out Petra Vlhova by .75 seconds, sealing her fifth Killington slalom win on her second run after falling behind her Slovakian rival in the first run.
.@MikaelaShiffrin makes it FIVE 🙌No one else has won a @KillingtonMtn slalom. pic.twitter.com/LnS0m0UX0f— Team USA (@TeamUSA) November 28, 2021
.@MikaelaShiffrin makes it FIVE 🙌No one else has won a @KillingtonMtn slalom. pic.twitter.com/LnS0m0UX0f
“At my top speed, this run, I don’t know if I can ski faster slalom than that,” Shiffrin told NBC Sports. “My mentality was super aggressive… that’s really how I need to be for both runs.”
Shiffrin’s record-breaking victory comes after the 26-year-old suffered a back injury that slowed her training amid the World Cup season in early November.
With 71 career wins, Shiffrin now follows the World Cup to Canada, where the American will continue to race in preparation for February’s Olympics.