Mikaela Shiffrin ties Lindsey Vonn's women's World Cup record with giant slalom victory

Mikaela Shiffrin skied onto the top of the podium and into the record books on Saturday in Slovenia. The American captured gold in the giant slalom in Kranjska Gora to tie Lindsey Vonn's women's World Cup record with her 82nd victory.

American superstar notches 82nd victory with win in Slovenia; Canada's Grenier 6th

A female skier, wearing a white helmet, ski goggles, and blue ski suit with a white bib overtop, clenches both fists and shouts in celebration.
American Mikaela Shiffrin celebrates her World Cup women's giant slalom win on Sunday in Kranjska Gora, Slovenia. (Christophe Pallot/Agence Zoom/Getty Images)

Mikaela Shiffrin matched Lindsey Vonn's women's World Cup skiing record with her 82nd win Sunday.

Shiffrin led from start to finish to win a giant slalom by a large margin and can now break Vonn's mark in a night slalom scheduled for Flachau, Austria, on Tuesday.

"I was so nervous this run. I have a rash on my face I was so nervous," Shiffrin said from Kranjska Gora, Slovenia. "I don't know why, maybe a little bit was because of 82. I just really wanted to ski well, and I did."

Shiffrin celebrated with a scream then bent over and rested her hands on her poles before kissing her skis in the awards ceremony.

"It was a fight. But it was pretty amazing conditions and I got a report from the coaches and they were like, 'It's really attackable, so just go for it,"' she said. "I've been in this position before and I've given it away and today I wanted to fight for it."

Britt Richardson of Canmore, Alta., picked up World Cup points with a 24th-place finish in her eighth World Cup strart while Cassidy Gray of Invermere, B.C. and Sarah Bennett of Stoneham, Que., missed out on advancing to the second run.

Already with eight wins this season, Shiffrin is also quickly approaching Ingemar Stenmark's overall record — between men and women — of 86 victories.

Vonn retired four years ago when injuries ended her pursuit of Stenmark's record.

WATCH | Shiffrin ties Vonn's record with 82nd World Cup win:

Mikaela Shiffrin ties Lindsey Vonn's record with 82nd World Cup win

2 months ago
Duration 4:33
The legendary American skier topped the giant slalom podium at the alpine World Cup event in Slovenia.

Shiffrin and Vonn now each have 20 more wins than the next woman on the all-time list, Annemarie Moser-Pröll of Austria at 62.

While the often-injured Vonn required 395 races for her 82 wins, Shiffrin has done it in just 233 races. And at age 27, Shiffrin could compete for several more years and win many more races.

Most women's World Cup victories

  • 82: Lindsey Vonn, United States (2001-19)
  • 82: Mikaela Shiffrin, United States (2012-23)
  • 62: Annemarie Moser-Pröll, Austria (1969-80)
  • 55: Vreni Schneider, Switzerland (1984-95)
  • 46: Renate Gotschl, Austria (1993-2009)
  • 42: Anja Parson, Sweden (1998-2012)
  • 37: Marlies Schild, Austria (2001-14)
  • 36: Katja Seizinger, Germany (1989-98)

Shiffrin's achievement comes almost a year after a disappointing performance at the Beijing Olympics, when she competed in six events without winning a medal.

Winning this race, though, never really seemed in doubt.

On an overcast morning, Shiffrin was the first starter and laid down a much more aggressive opening run than either of her two trips down the steep Podkoren course on Saturday, when she finished in a tie for sixth.

"I couldn't ski faster," Shiffrin said after her first run. "I felt much, much better this first run than yesterday. I had to try to change my feeling from yesterday. It was very good skiing and I'm happy with that."

WATCH | Shiffrin discusses what her record-tying win means to her:

Mikaela Shiffrin reflects on her record-tying run in Slovenia

2 months ago
Duration 1:34
Shiffrin talks about what it means to tie Lindsey Vonn atop the World Cup career wins list.

Shiffrin was the last skier to start the second run and increased her advantage at every checkpoint to finish a whopping 0.77 seconds ahead of Italy's Federica Brignone and 0.97 ahead of Switzerland's Lara Gut-Behrami.

Canada's Valérie Grenier, who won gold in Saturday's giant slalom, finished sixth in Sunday's event.

It represents the third consecutive top-10 finish by the 26-year-old this season and third in a row in Kranjska Gora.

"I'm a little bummed because I was third in the first run and I wanted to be back on the podium," Grenier told Alpine Canada. "I really went for it on the second run. It was bumpy and a bit of a wild run but there was some good skiing in there. I feel confident and excited and looking forward to racing in St. Anton [Austria next weekend]."

With few American fans at the race near the Italian border, supporters of Slovakian rival Petra Vlhova cheered Shiffrin loudly. A few kids were waving American flags and family members of Paula Moltzan, another American skier, were on hand wearing USA hockey jerseys.

New Zealand skier Alice Robinson was the victim of an ugly fall during her second run, crashing face first into the snow, but she quickly got up and skied to the bottom.

WATCH | Grenier 6th the day after earning 1st World Cup gold:

Canada's Valerie Grenier skis to 6th place finish in Slovenia

2 months ago
Duration 1:45
The St. Isidore, Ontario native couldn't crack the giant slalom podium a day after winning the same race in Kranjska Gora.

With files from CBC Sports

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