Mikaela Shiffrin won the super-G on Sunday, bringing her closer to the women’s World Cup record set by former teammate and fellow American Lindsey Vonn.
The win brought her career total to 77 race wins. Vonn set the record in 2018, with 82 total victories.
Shiffrin began the weekend by finishing sixth and fourth in two downhills before winning the super-G. She finished 0.12 seconds ahead of Elena Curtoni, who won the downhill on Friday.
.@MikaelaShiffrin places first on her first super-G of the season🤯World class skiing👑#StifelUSAlpineTeam pic.twitter.com/PrrpdoXhFS— U.S. Ski & Snowboard Team (@usskiteam) December 18, 2022
.@MikaelaShiffrin places first on her first super-G of the season🤯World class skiing👑#StifelUSAlpineTeam pic.twitter.com/PrrpdoXhFS
“I feel really quite happy for this whole weekend and maybe try to take some of that with the slalom and GS as well,” said Shiffrin. “I felt very good the last days, but you never know, with super-G especially, you have to push so hard. It’s always on the limit. Actually, you’re pushing so hard, maybe you’re not going to finish.
“I knew what my tactics should be, I was not thinking about what’s going to happen in the finish until I got there. I had a very, very good run, so I’m happy with that.”
She hadn’t raced in a speed event since the World Cup finals in March. But the next eight events on the calendar are all technical events. They’ll then return to speed races in mid-January.
“I think that can help me with my giant slalom, and maybe even a bit with the slalom, to know if I can do it in downhill and super-G and downhill, I can do it in GS and slalom,” said Shiffrin.
In the overall season standings, Shiffrin takes a 105 point lead over Sofia Goggia, who broke two bones in her left hand. She underwent surgery on Friday and returned the following day to race.