WATCH: Mikaela Shiffrin claims 89th World Cup following epic comeback in Levi

Mikaela Shiffrin kept the disappointments of Saturday on side as he claimed her 89th World Cup following epic triumph in Levi on Sunday.


WATCH: Mikaela Shiffrin claims 89th World Cup following epic comeback in Levi

Mikaela Shiffrin (Pic Credit: Eurosport)

The Alpine skiing World Cup continues to produce incredible moments. After missing out on the podium finish on Saturday, American skier Mikaela Shiffrin reminded everyone about her record. She would embark on an epic comeback and beat Petra Vlhova to claim her 89th World Cup following her win in Levi on Sunday.

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The two-time Olympic gold medalist did this without being a hundred percent fit. Just days before the event on Saturday, she suffered a training crash. While she admitted to be doing fine, her struggles with the knee were clearly seen. The defending champion though put that all beside her and won yet another World Cup and a reindeer.

At first, things seemed to be going against her again as Vlhova took a 0.76-second lead after the first run on Sunday. At this point, the Slovakian skier looked to have locked her hands on another title with another dominating display. However, luck turned on her side as Vlhova suffered a bump during the race.

She would end up straddling a gate in the steep section midway through the course of the race. This was enough for the American athlete to claim another victory and her first top-three finish this season. Shiffrin now has seven reindeer in her collection. For the unversed, the winners of this event are given a reindeer by the tournament organizers.

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Mikaela Shiffrin admits getting lucky against Petra Vlhova in Levi

The alpine skiing event in Finland has been famous for the rivalry between Mikaela Shiffrin and Petra Vlhova. The two-star athletes have dominated this event in recent years while claiming their mark on it. Since 2014, no other skier has tasted victory at this place apart from these two. The eyes were once again on them as they battled it out again.

After dominating the scene on Saturday, Vlhova suffered some unfortunate moments as luck did not favor her. Her going off course helped Shiffrin claim the victory on Sunday. The 28-year-though later took to her Twitter (now called X) account to admit that she was lucky to beat Vlhova.

Petra Vlhova and Mikaela Shiffrin
Petra Vlhova and Mikaela Shiffrin (Pic Credit: TSN)
"Obviously I’m really happy but definitely have to acknowledge that luck played a huge role in the victory. Petra was on fire all weekend and even though I’m happy with my own performance and improvement through the weekend, it doesn’t feel great that it ended that way for her today".

These results now give the skiing sensation an advantage in standings for the season. She will now fly back to the US to prepare and take part in the upcoming races in Vermont on November 25 and 26.

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