U.S. skier Mikaela Shiffrin now stands alone atop girls’s alpine snowboarding, after claiming World Cup win no. 83 on the Kronplatz mountain in northern Italy on Tuesday. Shiffrin shattered the report she shared with fellow American Lindsey Vonn after tying Vonn’s 82 wins earlier this month.
Shiffrin, 27, seized the lead in her first run, pipping two Olympic medalists — the Swiss Lara Intestine-Behrami and the Italian Federica Brignone — by 0.13 seconds and 0.27 seconds, respectively.
Shiffrin blazed out of the gate seemingly set on making historical past, her time by no means trailing every other skier. Intestine-Behrami, in distinction, overcame a comparatively gradual begin to scorch the underside of the course and mount a tricky problem to Shiffrin within the Dolomites.
That arrange the second run, and Shiffrin’s newest try on the report. Over the weekend in Cortina, she notched top-10 finishes within the downhill and super-G pace occasions. Now, at Kronplatz, Shiffrin let her ethereal mixture of pace and technical capacity shine.
Solely Ingemar Stenmark stays forward of Shiffrin
The victory leaves just one identify forward of Shiffrin’s: Ingemar Stenmark, the legendary Swedish racer whose 86 World Cup wins are probably the most ever — by a person or lady.
Stenmark is amongst these anticipating much more greatness from Shiffrin.
“Shiffrin will win greater than 100 [races],” he predicted in an interview with Olympics.com, “and it does not make me unhappy in any respect.”
Shiffrin, who was born and raised in Colorado, has been racing on the World Cup circuit since 2011 — beginning her profession simply earlier than turning 16. She is the one skier in historical past to have gained a race in all six World Cup disciplines: downhill, super-G, slalom, big slalom, mixed, and parallel.
Shiffrin has additionally proven uncommon consistency, dealing with accidents to her again and knees in a sport the place athletes launch their our bodies downhill at speeds reaching 75 to 80 mph. Within the 2018-19 World Cup season, she gained 17 races — a mark no different male or feminine skier has ever equaled.
Shiffrin retains on Shiffrining
Whereas her newest win makes historical past, it is also a testomony to Shiffrin’s resilience. Three years in the past, she acknowledged being “devastated” after her father, Jeff, died in an accident in his house.
“I want I may return to a time after I may share it with extra of the those who I like,” Shiffrin stated after her 82nd win earlier this month tied her with Vonn.
She has additionally proven grace and humanity in dealing with a string of disappointments she endured finally yr’s Winter Olympics, the place she did not end three races and did not win a medal.
Going into the weekend of races in Italy, Shiffrin had gained 82 of her 234 earlier World Cup begins — which means that she wins 35% of her occasions on the world’s prime circuit.
Together with her newest victory, Shiffrin stands alone amongst girls, and now she’s setting her sights on Stenmark’s all-time report.