Mikaela Shiffrin earned a record 95th World Cup victory and 150th career podium in the slalom in Jasna, Slovakia on Sunday.
Shiffrin won by 14 hundredths of a second ahead of Zrinka Ljutic, a 19-year-old from Croatia, by combining the times from the two runs. Shiffrin's lead of 52 hundredths from the first run was cut to two hundredths with 14 seconds remaining on the track in the second run.
Shiffrin won the day after her slalom rival, Olympic gold medalist Petra Vlhová from Slovakia, suffered a year-ending knee injury during the giant slalom in Jasná.
“I've been thinking about her a lot in the last 24 hours,” Shiffrin told Austrian television ORF after Sunday's first start. “Honestly, it's a huge blow to the sport. It sucks. For me personally, I've grown to love her battles over the years and I think she would be so strong today, so I really miss watching her ski today and have that battle.
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“She made my career so much more special.”
Shiffrin's 150th World Cup podium moved her five clear of the Alpine skiing record held by Sweden's Ingemar Stenmark, whose record for victories Shiffrin surpassed last March when she reached 87.
Shiffrin also placed 82nd in the World Cup slalom standings, breaking a tie with Stenmark for the most in any alpine skiing discipline.
The 28-year-old Shiffrin did it in 110 starts in slalom, which means that she finished in the top three in 74.5 percent of the races in this discipline. He has 81 podium finishes in his last 100 World Cup slalom starts.
Shiffrin is fourth on the all-time list of World Cup victories in all Winter Olympic sports behind retired legends Norwegian biathlete Ole Einar Bjørndalen (96 wins, including one in cross-country skiing), German speed skater Gunda Niemann-Stirnemann (98 wins) and Norwegian cross-country skier Marit Bjørgen (114 wins).
The Alpine Skiing World Cup moves to Cortina d'Ampezzo, Italy next weekend for speed races broadcast on skiandsnowboard.live for subscribers. Shiffirn plans to attend.
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