Best skier of all time
Shiffrin races away from Vonn with a thunderous record drive
01/24/2023 2:24 p.m
Mikaela Shiffrin did it: The American celebrates her 83rd World Cup victory in the giant slalom at Kronplatz and is the sole record holder in the ski circus. She leaves compatriot Lindsey Vonn behind. Now Shiffrin is targeting the record of the legendary Ingemar Stenmark.
Mikaela Shiffrin has once again written skiing history and added another record to her extraordinary career. The 27-year-old American raced to her 83rd World Cup victory in the giant slalom at Kronplatz and is now the sole record holder. Shiffrin surpassed former speed queen Lindsey Vonn, also from the USA, who had racked up an incredible 82 wins before she retired in 2019. “I was a little afraid of that day because I was afraid my feelings would go crazy,” Shiffrin said in the winner’s interview. She hid her emotions behind thick, gold-colored sunglasses.
If Shiffrin stays in top form, she should break Ingemar Stenmark’s all-time record this season. The Swede is just ahead of her with 86 World Cup victories. Another giant slalom is scheduled for Wednesday at Plan de Corones. “I’m really speechless,” said former giant slalom Olympic champion Viktoria Rebensburg on the Eurosport microphone: 83 victories, “that’s an amazing number”.
In the Dolomites, Shiffrin set the best time in the first run and was also the fastest in the final. Her lead over Olympic bronze medalist Lara Gut-Behrami was 0.45 seconds after a thunderous triumph. The Swiss had previously presented brilliantly. Expert Rebensburg had even suspected that this trip could not be topped. But then Shiffrin came and once again taught everyone better.
The runner-up of the Beijing Games, Federica Brignone of Italy, was third (+1.16) in the home race. The two German starters, Jessica Hilzinger and Andrea Filser, clearly missed the final of the top 30.