Mikaela Shiffrin claimed her 75th World Cup victory in Levi, Finland, on Saturday, sealing an electrifying second run as she broke Lindsey Vonn’s record for most podium finishes in a single discipline by a skier.
She is now just seven World Cup wins shy of her fellow American’s record of 82 wins for a female skier and 11 behind all-time leader Ingemar Stenmark of Sweden.
“It was a nice feeling in the first race, I felt pretty good, but I held back a bit,” he said, according to the International Ski Federation (FIS) website, after his 67th slalom World Cup victory. . Vonn has 66 downhill wins.
“In the second race I made adjustments and it felt like a really good pace and rhythm. He was strong and solid everywhere.”
She led by just two-hundredths of a second from race one to race two and, entering the steepest section of the course, had fallen 0.14sec behind Russia’s Petra Vlhova.
But up the steep and to the finish, Shiffrin showed her trademark power to complete both runs in a time of 1.51:25, pushing Sweden’s Anna Swenn Larson into second by 0.16sec.
Vlhova, who had won all four of the previous slaloms in Levi, eventually finished in third place.
“Today was a very good day. It wasn’t easy, I was a bit nervous, but in the end I was able to ski the way I wanted,” Shiffrin told Eurosport afterwards.
“Especially in the second run, I really felt the good skis, the turns that are fun to do, so sometimes you push as hard as you can and it doesn’t work – you either straddle or you don’t win. It can be heartbreaking, but for today we can be happy and refocus again for tomorrow.”
It marked Shiffrin’s continued triumphant return to form after she failed to finish three of the six events she entered at the 2022 Winter Olympics in February and returned from Beijing empty-handed.
And, in addition to the gold medal, Shiffrin will return home from Levi with his fifth reindeer from Lapland, the traditional prize in Levi.
“I have no ideas [about a name] but we can have a report later with the team,” he said, according to the FIS website. “I’ll come up with the name later, or tomorrow. I never think of a name before running, because I don’t want to be jinxed.