Mikaela Shiffrin ties Ted Ligety for most World Cup slalom podium finishes record in Quebec
Mikaela Shiffrin showed her speed in the opening stage of the women's ski race on Sunday, securing the top spot and bringing her career total to 90 victories.
Mikaela Shiffrin and Ted Ligety [Image Credit- Ski Racing Media]
For the second day in a row, Mikaela Shiffrin came in third place in the World Cup giant slalom at Tremblant, Quebec, with snowy conditions. This matched the US record for podium finishes in the event. Meanwhile, Italian skier Federica Brignone stole the show with double victories on Saturday and Sunday.
She is now the oldest female World Cup GS champion at 33 years old. Brignone was in sixth place at first, but then she won the race by beating Lara Gut-Behrami of Switzerland by 0.33 seconds in two runs. On the other hand, Shiffrin was only 0.39 seconds slower in the race and got her fifth podium in a row. The American skier has now equaled Ted Ligety‘s U.S. record by landing her 41st World Cup GS podium spot.
Due to bad weather and heavy snowfall, the top five skiers from the first run experienced a decline in their performance during the second race. Shiffrin finished the race just 0.05 seconds behind Petra Vlhova and performed less successfully in the second run. The visibility was awful, remarked Shifrin. One couldn’t see a thing, she further added.
Vlhova finished in fifth place, having the 23rd fastest time in the second run out of 30 competitors. The visibility for the final racers in the second heat was practically non-existent and dangerous, as noted on Vlhova’s social media. She expressed her opinion that the race probably wouldn’t have started if conditions were similar before the first run.
Mikaela Shiffrin achieved her 90th World Cup win
With 21 World Cup GS victories, she holds the record for the most wins by a woman in this category and ranks second among Americans, behind Ligety’s 24. Shiffrin boasts the highest number of slalom wins, with 55, more than any other skier. She has recently surpassed Ingemar Stenmark‘s longstanding record of total Alpine World Cup wins with her 90 victories.
Shiffrin will now be skiing in St. Moritz, Switzerland from Friday to Sunday. After that, she may also compete in Val d’Isère, France, but that is not confirmed yet. In the recent women’s World Cup slalom on Sunday, Shiffrin did well and won her 90th race. The double Olympic gold medalist energized her fellow Americans with a strong showing.
She recorded the fastest times in most parts of the Superstar track, tentatively sitting in first, leading Germany’s Lena Duerr by 0.19 seconds. Despite her speed, Shiffrin looked for ways to bring even more energy to her skiing for the final run. Hot on her heels was Petra Vlhova, lagging by just 0.28 seconds in third place.
Also, worth mentioning is 22-year-old American AJ Hurt. She did well in the competition and finished ninth, which is her best result so far in her 56th World Cup competition. This was a big improvement from her previous best of 18th place. The women’s World Cup is moving focus to downhills and super-Gs for the next two weekends.
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