Michaela Schiffrin Resetting the Women’s Alpine Ski World Cup wins record with her 83rd career win, breaking the tie with her Lindsey Vonn By taking a giant slalom in Kronplatz, Italy, on Tuesday.
Shiffrin prevailed by 45 milliseconds over the Swiss Lara Jot Bahrami Combine times of two runs. She reacted with her usual unenthusiasm, hunched over her skates and breathing heavily as if exhausted. Moments later, she turned to the crowd and pumped her right arm in the air five times.
“I don’t know if I can add something,” she said in an interview with End Zone. “It might take me a bit to figure out what to say. I have a new YouTube episode coming out tonight or tomorrow. I think it kind of explains my feelings.”
Shiffrin started the season eight wins behind Vonn. Shiffrin has racked up 74 wins over the past ten years, including six, three and five wins in the previous three years. If recent form holds, Vaughn’s record pursuit should have continued over the course of the season, possibly longer.
She caught Vonn less than half way through the season and passed her with 14 races still to come around the February World Championships. She is now three wins shy of the record-breaking 86 overall held by her Ingmar StenmarkSwedish slalom and giant slalom from the 1970s and 1980s.
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Shiffrin is 27 and plans to ski at least one Olympic Games in three years. She has won nine times in 20 games in the fall and winter, evoking peak feelings from a 2018-19 season that included a record 17 victories.
After the Christmas break, she raced seven times in 15 days, winning five of them, as well as the previous Super-G, to move into a tie with Vonn. She then broke par on her fifth attempt, although the last three races have been in the super-G and downhill, events for which she trains little and is not expected to win.
Shiffrin and those closest to her have called her slalom, giant slalom and Super-G skiing this season, if not the best of her career.
Upon hooking up with Vaughn two weeks ago, Shifrin reflected on a 35-minute conversation with her publicist.
She talked about the gossip when she returned to the World Cup in late 2020, still grieving the death of her father. “Everyone is like, well, you just lost, and you’ll probably never win again,” she recalled.
She pointed to the negative headlines after missing out on medals at last year’s Olympics. She spoke of feeling unprepared to enter a series of races recently due to insufficient training. I laughed at the daily questions about records and earned totals, which are statistic endeavors you don’t prioritize.
How do we explain Schiffrin’s return to dominance? I watched a Interview in mid-December Among the retired Liechtenstein skier Tina Weatherer and italian Sophia Jogia, the highest slopes in the world. Goggia has spoken of her disdain for mediums.
“Since then, pretty much every time I put my skates on, I’m like, ‘Well, don’t be modest today,'” Shifrin said two weeks ago.
What’s Next? There’s a Stenmark record, and with how the sport works, there’s a number beyond that. Stenmark predicted last year It will end with more than 100 wins.
Her next race is another GS in Kronplatz on Wednesday. Shiffrin said after tying Vonn two weeks ago that she didn’t think she would break Stenmark’s record this season.
“I know it’s possible. We have a lot of races left, and there aren’t many ’til I get to that number,” she said. “But I know I might not win another race this season. And people will say, ‘Oh my God, you were so close. What happened?’ And I’m like, “This is a ski race.”
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