By Gary R. Blockus | Dec. 19, 2017, 11:15 a.m. (ET)
Mikaela Shiffrin celebrates winning the women's giant slalom at the FIS Alpine Ski World Cup on Dec. 19, 2017 in Courchevel, France.

 

Mikaela Shiffrin claimed her 34th career world cup win and her first giant slalom win of the season on Tuesday in Courchevel, France.

With the win, Shiffrin, the reigning world and Olympic champion in slalom, broke a tie with Bode Miller for second on Team USA’s all-time list of world cup wins, but she remains well behind the all-time leader Lindsey Vonn, who has 78.

Shiffrin, 22, won the two-race event by almost a full second and rose to the top of the world cup standings in giant slalom. She’s also atop both the overall and downhill world cup standings, and is second in the slalom standings.

Her combined time for the two runs was 2:02.40, well ahead of France’s Tessa Worley, the runner-up in 2:03.39. Italy’s Manuela Moelgg took third in 2:03.41. Shiffrin led after the first run, skiing to a 1:01.30 finish, more than a half-second (.51) than Italy’s Marta Bassino.

“I tried to be really aggressive,” Shiffrin said after her second run. “I almost went off the course a couple of times. It was a really straight course (on) the second run, so I had to take advantage of that … there was much more speed in the second run.”

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A native of Vail, Colorado, Shiffrin is a three-time world champion in slalom (2013, 2015, 2017), the first woman in 78 years to win three consecutive slalom world titles, and is the reigning overall world cup winner.

Shiffrin took second in the giant slalom at the world cup in Killington, Vermont, in November, and was fifth in October in Soelden, Austria.

She also has world cup wins this season in slalom and downhill.

Shiffrin made history at the Olympic Winter Games Sochi 2014 by becoming the youngest Olympic slalom champion at 18 years, 345 days. She also finished fifth in the giant slalom in Sochi.

Gary R. Blockus is a journalist from Allentown, Pennsylvania who has covered multiple Olympic Games. He is a freelance contributor to TeamUSA.org on behalf of Red Line Editorial, Inc.