Mikaela Shiffrin poses for a photo at the Audi FIS Alpine Ski World Cup Women's Parallel Slalom on Dec. 9, 2018 in St. Moritz, Switzerland.
Mikaela Shiffrin swept to her 48th career victory on the world cup circuit Sunday in St. Moritz, Switzerland, coming out with the parallel slalom title one day after surprising to win her second super-G event in as many weeks.
Shiffrin was victorious in her best event despite clipping a gate halfway through her final run, where she went head to head against Petra Vlhova of Slovakia, a repeat of the scenario that played out in Killington, Vermont, at the world cup season opener two weeks ago. She kept her head to finish 0.11 seconds ahead, eking out yet another win in what is turning into an astonishing all-around world cup season for the slalom star.
The 23-year-old double Olympic gold medalist has been on fire so far this year, taking top honors in five of her eight starts on the world cup circuit. With her first career win in super-G last weekend in Lake Louise, Alberta, she became only the seventh woman to win all six world cup disciplines, including the new parallel slalom.
Her talent in the event was clear Sunday under gray skies in St. Moritz, where she posted the fastest run in the parallel slalom qualifier by 0.48 seconds, then defeated Canada’s Laurence St.-Germain, Norway’s Mina Holtman and Nina Haver-Loeseth and finally Erin Mielzynski of Canada to face Vlhova in the big final. The Slovakian earned the right to face Shiffrin by the narrowest of margins, edging Wendy Holdener of Switzerland by 0.02 in the semis. Holdener finished third after defeating Katharina Liensberger of Austria in the small final.
Victory No. 48 at a world cup edges Shiffrin closer to the 55 wins of Vreni Schneider of Switzerland, who currently sits third on the all-time list. As for who is at the top of the world cup points standings list this year, however, there is no contest — heading out of this weekend, Shiffrin has accumulated twice the number of points of her nearest competitor.