Mikaela Shiffrin wins the silver medal during the FIS Alpine Ski World Championships Women's Giant Slalom on Feb. 18, 2021 in Cortina d'Ampezzo Italy.
Mikaela Shiffrin added No. 10 to her American-record medal haul at the world championships, but was oh-so-close to making it another gold medal.
Shiffrin finished just .02 seconds behind Lara Gut-Behrami of Switzerland, who was .08 seconds behind Shiffrin after their first run. Shiffrin at one point fell to .14 seconds off Gut-Behrami’s pace, but rallied to finish just a hair behind. Austria’s Katharina Liensberger took the bronze medal. Nina O’Brien was the next-best U.S. skier in 10th.
With the win, Shiffrin adds to the American record she established earlier in the world championships for most career medals. With a medal in slalom on Feb. 20 — a discipline in which she is the Olympic and four-time defending world champion, Shiffrin would become the first skier to earn four medals in a single world championships since Anja Parson of Sweden in 2007. Shiffrin would also tie Parson for most career worlds medals in the modern era.
Giant slalom is the one event in which Shiffrin has competed at the world championships but does not yet have a gold medal, despite winning an Olympic gold medal in the discipline in 2018. She now has two world silver medals and one bronze in giant slalom.
The world championships continue with men’s giant slalom on Friday, women’s slalom on Saturday and conclude with men’s slalom on Sunday.