February 8, 2023

Mikaela Shiffrin broke Lindsey Vonn’s World Cup skiing record

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Mikaela Shiffrin passed Lindsey Vonn on Tuesday, one American skiing legend passing another to win her unprecedented 83rd career World Cup race, setting a record for women’s alpine racers and taking another step toward the all-time skier record. Gender.

Shiffrin won the giant slalom race in the Italian resort of Kronplatz, beating runner-up Laura Good-Behrami of Switzerland by 0.45 seconds for her ninth win of the season. Her total is now one more than Vonn, the most dominant female racer of all time ahead of Shiffrin.

Shiffrin, 27, led Good-Behrami by 0.13 seconds after Tuesday’s first run and then extended her lead in her second outing.

“It might take me a while to figure out what to say,” Shiffrin said, according to the Associated Press. “I don’t know what to say now.”

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Now, she will get a chance to increase her total immediately. Another giant slalom is scheduled for Wednesday in Kronplatz, and the Czech Republic has two slalom races this weekend. Although Alpine skiing won all disciplines and accumulated its total, Tuesday It was Shiff’s 18th win in the giant slalom, and he has 51 wins in the slalom.

Schiff’s next benchmark? He equals Swedish legend Ingemar Stenmark’s record of 86 World Cup wins, the most by any gender. With seven more technical races — slaloms and giant slaloms, Schiff’s forte — on the schedule, it’s conceivable she’ll threaten the record this season. He has won 8 of the 14 World Cup slaloms and giant slaloms he has competed in so far in 2022-23.

But there’s also the matter of when and how far she can push the new mark if she crosses Stenmark. Stenmark himself said In a recent interview streamed on Olympics.com She would “win more than 100 races.” Vaughn won 82 of his races in 395 starts over 14 seasons, many of which were cut short by a variety of injuries. He retired in 2019 at the age of 34, his body struggling to keep up. Stenmark’s 86 wins came from 230 starts in the 1970s and 1980s, according to the International Skiing Federation, although recordkeeping for that era is imprecise. Stenmark won his first race 15 years later and retired in 1989 before turning 33.

Shiffrin turns 28 in March, and he’s much closer to the start of his career. But his 83rd win came in his 238th start and, having made his World Cup debut before turning 16, he is already in his 13th season. He has a higher winning percentage than both Stenmark and Vonn.

After She tied the knot this monthShiffrin expressed uncertainty about “resetting” — his preferred word for “breaking” — Stenmark’s achievement.

“I know it’s possible. We have a lot of races, not so much until I hit that number. she told reporters. “But I knew I wouldn’t win another race this season. People would be like: ‘Oh, my God, you were so close. What happened?’ I was like, ‘That’s sky racing.’

Vaughan, however, sees it differently. “I knew from the beginning that she was going to break all the records, but to do it at such a young age is so impressive,” Vaughn wrote in a first-person essay. For the Associated Press This month.

“It’s always been my ultimate goal to match Ingemar Stenmark’s men’s 86 wins, but with the injuries I’ve had, that’s not possible. The sky’s the limit for her. I don’t think Stenmark should be a benchmark. She’s going to set a new standard, we’ll just have to wait and see how high she can go.”