ITALY – Mikaela Shiffrin is the women’s alpine skiing World Cup winner after claiming Tuesday’s giant slalom at Kronplatz to take her total to 83.
American star Shiffrin broke the record she shared with compatriot Lindsey Vonn after clocking two hours, 0.61 seconds over two runs in the Italian Dolomites.
She made skiing history when she beat reigning slalom world champion Lara Gut-Behrami by 0.45sec, with Federica Brignone hoping to complete the podium by 1.43s.
After Vonn cruised to her 18th slalom World Cup win, it was only a matter of time before the 27-year-old broke Ingemar Stenmark’s overall record of 86.
Swedish legend Stenmark dominated the men’s slalom and giant slalom events for a decade from 1975 before retiring in 1989, but barring a physical problem, Shiffrin is certain to beat him. .
He will have a chance to get closer to Stenmark at Kronplatz on Wednesday with another giant slalom race.
There are also two races this weekend in Spindleruv Mlyn in the slalom course where 51 of his World Cup wins came before the World Championships there Courchevel and Meribel next month.
Shiffrin’s historic victory moved Shiffrin into first place in the giant slalom standings, 49 points ahead of 10th-ranked Italian Marta Bassino.
She extended her lead over nearest rival Petra Vlhova at the top of the overall standings to 556, as her fifth crystal globe seems to be getting bigger.