Mikaela Shiffrin made history Sunday on the slopes of Sestriere, Italy, winning a record 11th consecutive world cup slalom race.
The reigning slalom Olympic and world champion, she has won the past 11 slalom races she entered, a string that was interrupted by a knee injury last season that sidelined her for two months. She also extended her string of consecutive slalom podium finishes to 14, a run that began Dec. 20, 2012, in Are, Sweden, and includes 13 victories and a third-place finish.
Since her return to competition, Shiffrin has won six straight slaloms, encroaching on the record of eight set by four-time Olympic champion from Croatia Janica Kostelic in 2000-01.
The 21-year-old covered the course with a two-run total of 1:37.80, 1.09 seconds faster than Slovakia’s Veronika Velez-Zuzulova for her 23rd career world cup victory and fourth world cup podium this season. She celebrated the historic victory with a fist pump just past the finish line.
“I was trying to have fun on the second run,” she said in the finish area. “I was trying to entertain myself, trying to ski well, and I did.”
With the victory, Shiffrin tightened her grip on the top of the slalom season leaderboard. She now has 300 points, 90 ahead of Velez-Zuzulova and 100 up on third-place Wendy Holdener of Switzerland. Shiffrin also padded her lead in the overall world cup standings to 105 points over Switzerland’s Lara Gut, who struggled Sunday, placing 28th.
Resi Stiegler finished 15th with a 1:41.36, moving up one spot to 17th in the slalom season standings.