As Mikaela Shiffrin nears Lindsey Vonn’s record of World Cup wins, the reigning record holder isn’t staying quiet about Shiffrin’s abilities.
“[Mikaela] is the best skier that has ever lived in my eyes,” Vonn told a German newspaper last week. “She will break my record of World Cup wins very quickly and will become the greatest skier in history.”
Shiffrin is closing in on Vonn’s record, having recorded win No. 77 a little over a week ago and win No. 78 on Tuesday. She now sits just four wins shy of tying the record and five wins away from breaking it. Vonn set the record in 2018, with 82 total victories.
Shiffrin took win No. 78 in the giant slalom, her first win in the event since December of last year.
“Very special,” Shiffrin said when asked about finally getting a win in the event. “GS is one of the hardest events for me, but also, when I’m skiing well, then it’s just amazing.”
Vonn later took to Twitter to applaud Shiffrin for the win.
👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 https://t.co/WefCkmcRbn— lindsey vonn (@lindseyvonn) December 27, 2022
Already, Shiffrin has four World Cup wins on the season. There are two more days of racing in this series, which is taking place in Austria. The last time Semmering hosted races on three consecutive days, Shiffrin won all three events.
“The start of [an event] with three races is always a bit nerve-wracking. You hope that you are on the right shape, that you can bring intensity to the start,” Shiffrin said. “From the first turn, I felt very good, I was very strong and dynamic, so I am super happy with my skiing.”
Vonn, who is an Olympic gold medalist and a four-time World Cup overall champion, said that she feels as though Shiffrin is “almost perfect” in slalom.
“She is an amazing athlete and has an almost perfect slalom technique,” she said. “She trains in a special way with a lot of repetitions.”