Mikaela Shiffrin celebrates at the Audi FIS Alpine Ski World Cup Women's Slalom on Dec. 22, 2018 in Courchevel, France.
Mikaela Shiffrin continued her post-Olympic hot streak under cloudy skies Saturday in Courchevel, France, taking her fifth straight world cup race and 50th overall.
One day after winning the women’s giant slalom in Courchevel, Shiffrin raced to victory in the slalom there on Saturday. In doing so she won her 35th world cup slalom race, tying the all-time record for most wins in the discipline. Austria’s Marlies Schild, who took silver to Shiffrin’s slalom gold at the Winter Olympic Games PyeongChang 2014, is the only other skier to have won 35.
Shiffrin breezed to victory Saturday on the basis of her fast first run, where she clocked 47.70 to take an early lead by 0.04 over Slovakia’s Petra Vlhova. Skiing in pole position on her second attempt at the course, the two-time Olympic gold medalist came away with only the third fastest time behind eventual bronze medalist Frida Hansdotter of Sweden and Austria’s Katharina Liensberger, but won based on her combined time, 1:36.72. Silver medalist Vlhova recorded 1:37.01.
Shiffrin hasn’t been shy about her pursuit to become the greatest skier ever, and with 50 world cup wins and counting at only 23 year old, she continues to build a case for herself. Shiffrin is also the only skier to have reached the 50 mark before the age of 24, and the only skier ever to have won a world cup event in all six alpine disciplines. This season has proven excellent so far: She’s won seven of the 11 races she’s entered so far, and shows no signs of slowing down.
American Lindsey Vonn, who shines in the downhill, currently holds the record for most world cup wins by a woman with 82. The all-time record is held by Sweden’s Ingemar Stenmark, who had 86.
The win also extends Shiffrin’s lead in the world cup standings to an even greater extent as she chases a third overall crystal globe. Her 889 points in the rankings are more than double the total accumulated by her nearest competitor.