Saturday was more than just another race — and just another win — for alpine skiing sensation Mikaela Shiffrin.
In her final race of 2018, Shiffrin won the women’s slalom at Semmering, Austria, and now not only has the most world cup victories ever in the discipline with 36 but is also the first person, male or female, to win 15 world cup races in one calendar year.
Shiffrin came into the weekend tied with Marcel Hirscher of Austria with 14 wins in 2018 after both passed the previous record holder, Sweden’s Ingemar Stenmark, who won 13 races in 1977 and again in 1979. Hirscher is not scheduled to race again until New Year’s Day.
She was also tied with childhood hero Marlies Schild of Austria for most career world cup slalom wins with 35.
On Saturday, the three-time Olympic medalist jumped to the top of the pack after the first run and held a lead of .48 seconds over Petra Vlhova of Slovakia in second place. She completed her second run in 53.35 seconds for an overall time of 1:42.99.
Vlhova finished in second with a time of 1:43.28 and Wendy Holdener of Switzerland was third in 1:43.37.
Shiffrin nearly notched her 15th victory on Friday in the giant slalom. She held a slim lead after the first run with just six hundredths of a second separating the top four but ultimately finished in fifth place.
Shiffrin, who now has 51 total wins on the world cup circuit, has 1,034 points in the overall world cup title race, nearly double that of Vlhova in second place (568). Shiffrin is already the two-time defending overall world cup champ.