Shiffrin notches 39th Cup win in Slovenia

Ruben Hill
January 14, 2018

Overall World Cup leader Mikaela Shiffrin won her fourth race in a row on Sunday, storming to victory in the slalom at Kranjska Gora by a huge 1.64 seconds.

At 22 years of age, Shiffrin now sits just two wins behind retired Swedish great Anja Paerson, who's fifth on the all-time victory list with 42 wins, and she's more than halfway to 33-year-old superstar Lindsey Vonn's record of 78 wins.

Her season stats are even far exceeding her achievements from a year ago, when she became the third American female skier after Tamara McKinney and four-time champion Lindsey Vonn to win the overall title.Though winning is not all that Shiffrin is after.

The American - reigning Olympic slalom champion - finished 0.31s ahead of France's Tessa Worley after a stellar first run that saw her 0.86s ahead of her closest rival heading into the final showdown. "So it's so cool now that I can be a contender for the win in both slalom and GS". With a win and a second-place finish each, Shiffrin and Vlhova are now tied for the slalom points lead. "But if I start to think about records or numbers then it just makes me nervous". "I'm not focusing on that, I'm really happy with my skiing right now and that's what I'm focusing on".

The win was the 26th World Cup slalom victory for Shiffrin, who is third all time.

Only five other women and six men have won 40 or more times on the World Cup circuit, and only two of them are still active - Vonn and Austrian great Marcel Hirscher.

Developed into a potential victor of every race she competes in, and even triumphing for the first time in a downhill in December, Shiffrin has been dominating the Alpine skiing World Cup for months.

"Normally I try to forget about the first run and think like it would be a new race", Shiffrin said.

"It's not a very long course so even being a little bit sick I have enough energy for that", she said after the opening leg. I was loose and really aggressive. "I wanted to be in the game for the win".

A slalom on the same course is set for Sunday.

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