“Just as exceptional a talent,” Ski legend Annemarie-Moser-Proell LAUDS Mikaela Shiffrin as ‘remarkable’ following alphine queen’s 88 World Cup wins

Moser-Proell, who set standards in the 1970s, praised Mikaela Shiffrin for her 88 World Cup wins, stating that the ski queen will further reach greater heights in years to come.


“Just as exceptional a talent,” Ski legend Annemarie-Moser-Proell LAUDS Mikaela Shiffrin as ‘remarkable’ following alphine queen’s 88 World Cup wins

Mikaela Shiffrin and Annemarie Moser-Proell [Image Credit- ISPO.com and Presse - SalzburgerLand Tourismus]

Mikaela Shiffrin is the center of attention as the new ski season begins in Soelden in November’s first week. Even Annemarie Moser-Proell, the renowned Austrian skier, is cheering for her. While being interviewed in her Alpine hometown of Kleinarl, the ski queen awaits trial at her latest event.

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Moser-Proell held an unwavering conviction in Shiffrin’s ability to maintain a winning streak, especially after the skier won 88 World Cup wins, surpassing Ingemar Stemark by 86 and Lindsey Vonn by 82. She is only one win away from matching Moser-Proell’s total of six overall championship titles.

Shiffrin’s impending accomplishment of surpassing her record does not faze Moser-Proell, the trailblazer of the sport in the 1970s. Five of those titles were consecutive, aside from those six total titles. Shiffrin will forever be remembered as a significant figure in the world of skiing, regardless of her future endeavors.

With their impressive skills, the Austrian athlete achieved a triumph in five significant sports competitions, such as the Olympics, while also finishing third in a race that involved ski queen Lindsey Vonn. Moser-Proell, a highly distinguished skier hailed as the most prominent female skier of the 20th century, lauded the young ski athlete, stating that if it’s her she’ll surely reach greater heights.

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“‘Shiffrin is just as exceptional a talent,’ like Marcel Hirscher or Hermann Maier, who were both great ski champions from Austria,” said the 70-year-old. She won her first four titles before she got married, under her previous name Annemarie Proell.

Moser-Proell credits her mentor and brother for her success

Due to the increased number of races taking place, she pointed out the challenge of comparing the current and past number of wins. Growing up in the mountains, Annemarie’s childhood was spent on a farm alongside her seven siblings. Every day, she would have to ski downhill to reach school.

Moser-Proell [Image Credit- tv.ORF.at - ORF]
Moser-Proell [Image Credit- tv.ORF.at – ORF]

Additionally, she made efforts to establish a skiing club in her community. During our younger years, she would always inquire about the possibility of watching television when there was a race happening. “Since our childhood, we were always filled with exhilaration,” she recollected.

Moser-Proell acknowledges her Austrian background and the influence of her former teachers, and two skiing enthusiast brothers. In achieving great success, she further recognizes that her own innate abilities and unwavering determination played crucial roles.

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The coach of the national team noticed her while she was training on the Kitzsteinhorn glacier, and this encounter promptly resulted in an invitation to join his team, ultimately catapulting her to success in her career.

Her first World Cup race appearance was when she was just 14 years old. At the age of 15, she achieved her first award. At the tender age of 16, she clinched her first race victory, and shortly after became the youngest ever to achieve this in downhill skiing.

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