By Gary R. Blockus | Jan. 09, 2018, 4:25 p.m. (ET)

(L-R) Bernadette Schild of Austria, Mikaela Shiffrin and Frida Hansdotter of Sweden celebrate after the women's slalom at the Audi FIS Alpine Ski World Cup on Jan. 9, 2018 in Flachau, Austria.


Even the pressure of trailing in slalom for the first time all season couldn’t shake Mikaela Shiffrin.

Shiffrin continued to add chapters to her storybook season by staging her first come-from-behind win of the season and gaining her 10th world cup win of the season after winning slalom at the Flachau, Austria world cup on Tuesday.

The 22-year-old reigning world and Olympic champion in slalom toyed with history by earning a fifth straight world cup victory, becoming the first person to do so in two decades.

Shiffrin, from Eagle-Vail, Colorado, is the first person to claim five straight world cup victories since three-time Olympic gold medalist Katja Seizinger of Germany did it in 1997.

Austria’s Bernadette Schild, who led Shiffrin by almost four-tenths of a second after the first run, finished second, and Sweden’s Frida Hansdotter took third.

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Shiffrin’s 41st career world cup win ties Austria’s Annamarie Moser-Proell for most career world cup victories across all disciplines by age 23. Shiffrin doesn’t turn 23 until March 13.

The numbers for Shiffrin this season and over her career continue to be staggering. She has 10 world cup wins this season, 30 career world cup slalom wins, and has won eight of the last nine world cup races across all events, including the first five events on the 2018 calendar year.

Shiffrin’s gold medal in slalom at the Olympic Winter Games Sochi 2014 made her the youngest skier to become slalom Olympic champion.

Shiffrin trailed Schild by 0.37 seconds after the first run. Schild put down a 55.61 on the opening run, but Shiffrin blew that away on the final run, blazing away to a 54.88 for a combined 1:50.86 with only Schild remaining.

Other top competitors didn’t fare so well on the opening run and did not make their way into the second run. Petra Vlhova of Slovakia and Wendy Holdener of Switzerland — second and third in the world cup overall and slalom standings — both had trouble on the first runs and did not finish.

Schild, the younger sister of Shiffrin’s childhood hero Marlies Schild, gave in to the pressure and finished second in a combined 1:51.80, almost a full second behind the American.

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