Mikaela Shiffrin wins Killington slalom to tie World Cup record

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Mikaela Shiffrin tied the record for World Cup wins in a single discipline with her 46th slalom victory, prevailing at the circuit’s lone stop in the U.S. in Killington, Vermont, for a fifth straight time.

Shiffrin, with the fastest second run, prevailed by .75 of a second over Slovakian rival Petra Vlhova. Vlhova, who led Shiffrin by two tenths after the first run, tripped in her second run to drop to second place.

“At my top speed, this run, I don’t know if I can ski faster slalom than that,” Shiffrin said on NBC Sports and Peacock. “My mentality was super aggressive [on the second run]. That’s really how I need to be for both runs.”

Swiss Wendy Holdener was third, her 28th World Cup slalom podium without a win.

Full results are here.

Shiffrin, who has won all five Killington World Cup slaloms, tied Swede Ingemar Stenmark‘s record for career World Cup wins in a single discipline.

Stenmark won 46 giant slaloms in the 1970s and ’80s. Stenmark has the most total World Cup wins — 86. Shiffrin, 26 years old, is third on that list with 71.

“I actually didn’t know the [46 wins] record,” Shiffrin said. “I won’t say it’s not meaningful. It certainly is, but I’m trying not to focus on those numbers. The closer I get to these marks, it’s hard not to think about it and want that.”

Shiffrin or Vlhova won 35 of the last 38 World Cup slaloms dating to 2017. Since the start of 2020, Vlhova won nine. Shiffrin has now won three, missing one slalom in February 2020 while going 300 days between races following her father’s death.

Vlhova, 26 like Shiffrin, developed into a bona fide rival leading up to the PyeongChang Olympics, where both missed the medals in the event.

After Shiffrin dominated the 2018-19 season with 17 total World Cup wins, Vlhova stepped it up. The Slovakian, whom Shiffrin’s mom once reportedly said, “skis like Mikaela more than Mikaela skis like Mikaela,” defeated Shiffrin in consecutive slaloms in January 2020, in November 2020 and again earlier this month.

Shiffrin’s early season training was curtailed by a back injury in early November, right before Vlhova won back-to-back slaloms in Levi, Finland.

There are four more World Cup slaloms between now and the Olympics, all in a two-week span in late December and early January. Those will determine who goes into the Olympics as the favorite.

“Every single race is an enormous test, and it’s very nerve-racking as well,” Shiffrin said of competing against Vlhova.

The World Cup moves next weekend to Lake Louise, Canada, for the season’s first speed races.

Shiffrin is expected to compete there as she sizes up for a potential Olympic schedule of racing all five individual events.

The men’s World Cup has speed races in Beaver Creek, Colorado, starting Thursday.

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