Shiffrin led from start to finish, winning the giant slalom by a wide margin, and can now break Vaughn’s record in the night slalom scheduled for Tuesday.
KRANJSKA GORA, Slovenia. Mikaela Shiffrin equaled Lindsey Vonn’s women’s World Cup record in cross-country skiing with her 82nd win on Sunday.
Shiffrin led from start to finish, winning the giant slalom by a wide margin, and can now break Vonn’s record in the night slalom scheduled in Flachau, Austria on Tuesday.
“I was so nervous during this run. I have a rash on my face, I was so nervous,” Shiffrin said. “I don’t know why, maybe a little because of 82. I just really wanted to skate well and I did it.”
Shiffrin celebrated with a shout, then leaned over and placed her hands on the sticks before kissing her skis at the award ceremony.
“It was a fight. But it was pretty amazing conditions and I got a report from the coaches and they said, “It’s really dangerous, so just go for it,” she said. far away, and today I wanted to fight for it.”
Already with eight wins this season, Shiffrin is also fast approaching Ingemar Stenmark’s combined record – men’s and women’s – of 86 wins.
Vonn retired four years ago when injuries ended her quest for the Stenmark record.
Shiffrin and Vonn now have 20 more wins than the next woman on the all-time list, Annemarie Moser-Pröll of Austria, who is 62 years old.
While the frequently injured Vaughn took 395 races to her 82 wins, Shiffrin did it in just 233 races. And at 27, Shiffrin could compete for a few more years and win many more races.
Shiffrin’s achievement comes almost a year after a disappointing performance at the Beijing Olympics, when she competed in six sports without winning a single medal.
However, victory in this race never seemed doubtful.
On a cloudy morning, Shiffrin was first to start and had a much more aggressive start run than either of her two runs down the steep Podkoren on Saturday, when she finished in a tie for sixth.
“I couldn’t skate any faster,” Shiffrin said after her first run. “On this first run, I felt much, much better than yesterday. I had to try to change my yesterday’s feeling. It was a very good ride and I’m happy with it.”
Shiffrin was the last skier to start the second run and increased her lead at each checkpoint, finishing a full 0.77 seconds ahead of Italy’s Federica Brignone and 0.97 seconds ahead of Switzerland’s Lara Gut-Behrami.
With few American fans at the race near the Italian border, supporters of Slovak rival Petra Vlhova cheered loudly for Shiffrin. Several children waved American flags, and family members of Paula Moltzan, another American skier, were on hand in US hockey jerseys.
Shiffrin also edged out Moser-Pröll and Tessa Worley of France for her 17th giant slalom win and second place on the women’s career list, behind only Vreni Schneider, the Swiss skier who won 20.
New Zealand skier Alice Robinson was the victim of a horrific fall during her second run, first hitting her face in the snow, but she quickly got up and skied down.