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Shiffrin leads first moto to match Vaughn’s World Championship record

KRANSKA MOUNTAINMichaela Shiffrin leads the first giant slalom run and is in the best position to match Lindsey Vonn’s World Cup women’s record with her 82nd win.

Shiffrin set a lead of 0.24 seconds ahead of Italy’s Federica Brignone and 0.39 seconds ahead of Canada’s Valerie Grenier, who had won at the same course the day before.

No other skier was within seven tenths of a second of Shiffrin on Sunday.

With seven wins already this season, Shiffrin is also fast approaching Ingemar Stenmark’s overall record of 86 wins for both men and women.

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

Shiffrin started first and had a much more aggressive race than either of her two rides down the steep Podkoren track on Saturday when she finished in a tie for sixth.

“I couldn’t skate faster,” Shiffrin said. “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.”

In the presence of several American fans, supporters of Slovakian rival Petra Vlhova loudly cheered for Shiffrin’s run.

Lower rated skiers were still skiing down the slopes.

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