Mikaela Shiffrin competes at the Audi FIS Alpine Ski World Cup on Jan. 20, 2019 in Cortina d'Ampezzo, Italy.
Mikaela Shiffrin picked up the 54th win of her career Sunday in Cortina d’Ampezzo, Italy, edging herself ever closer to the all-time mark of 86 wins. Her third victory of the season in super-G ties her with Austrian great Hermann Maier for sixth on the all-time wins list.
The 23-year-old double Olympic gold medalist has been on a tear all season and, on the course in Cortina, she was as good as she gets, navigating the complex series of gates in 1 minute, 22.48 seconds, 0.16 faster than second-place finisher Tina Weirather of Liechtenstein, the super-G bronze medalist from the Olympic Winter Games PyeongChang 2018. Tamara Tippler of Austria came in a close third, 0.02 seconds behind Weirather. Two-time Olympian Laurenne Ross was 23rd.
Shiffrin mastered a course that stymied several skiers, including Lindsey Vonn and 2018 Team USA Olympian Alice Merryweather, neither of whom finished their races. Vonn, the 2010 Olympic downhill champion who holds the record for most world cup wins by a woman with 82, returned to competition in Cortina after hyperextending her left knee and spraining a ligament while training in November. The 34-year-old, only four wins off the all-time mark set by Sweden’s Ingemar Stenmark, plans to retire at the end of the season.
The victory is Shiffrin’s 11th of the world cup season, and while most of her success has come in the slalom, she has proven herself a super-G challenger as well. She banked her first victory in the event only a month ago in Lake Louise, Alberta, and followed up with a second win six days later in St. Moritz, Switzerland.
With Sunday’s race, Shiffrin extends her lead in the world cup standings to 1,494 points, comfortably ahead of Petra Vlhova of Slovakia, who has 898. Shiffrin also leads the super-G standings with 355 points, ahead of Weirather, who has 236.