American ski star Mikaela Shiffrin equaled Lindsey Vonn’s record of 82 World Cup victories with a victory in the giant slalom in Kranjska Gora, Slovenia on Sunday.
The two-time Olympic gold medalist is now co-holder of the record for the most World Cup victories by a skier and by an American.
After taking a 0.24 second lead in the first moto, Shiffrin finished 0.20 seconds ahead of Switzerland’s Lara Gut-Behrami, who finished third overall, and Slovakia’s Petra Vlhova in her second moto. Italian Federica Brignone finished second overall.
“I was so nervous that race,” Shiffrin said after the win. “I don’t know why it was maybe a bit because of the 82. I really wanted to ski well and I did, I can’t believe it.”
Shiffrin is now four wins away from equaling the record for overall World Cup victories currently held by Swede Ingemar Stenmark (86).
Shiffrin had to wait for his record victory after the previous race in Zagreb was canceled on Thursday due to “high temperatures and wind”, race organizers said in a statement. Tweeter.
Then on Saturday, she finished tied for sixth in the Kranjska Gora giant slalom, behind winner Valérie Grenier of Canada.
Shiffrin’s recent form – she won five straight races before finishing sixth – is a remarkable turnaround from the start of last year when the three-time Olympic medalist failed to make the podium at the Beijing Games.