Mikaela Shiffrin competes during the women's slalom at FIS Alpine Ski World Cup on Jan. 11, 2022 in Schladming, Austria.
With a win in her final slalom race before the Olympic Winter Games Beijing 2022, there’s no question Mikaela Shiffrin is ready.
Not that there was much doubt.
The Olympic gold medalist and four-time world champion in slalom added another career milestone to that list Tuesday in Austria with her 47th world cup slalom victory, passing Sweden’s Ingemar Stenmark for most career world cup victories in a single discipline. She now has 73 world cup wins total, 13 shy of the record also held by Stenmark. And she’s chasing a fourth overall world cup title, leading in the standings over Slovakia’s Petra Vlhova, who finished .15 seconds back of Shiffrin Tuesday.
Shiffrin was in fifth after the first run, .42 seconds back of Vlhova in first. But she rebounded to post the only sub-47 second run in the second go. It’s Shiffrin’s fourth win of the world cup season and second in slalom. Those have come in a difficult season in which Shiffrin has dealt with injury setbacks and COVID-19 in December.
The 26-year-old could compete in all five individual races in Beijing. In leading the overall world cup standings, she ranks second in slalom and giant slalom and fourth in super-G. Shiffrin has won her Olympic gold medals in slalom and giant slalom and also has a silver medal in combined. Three super-G races and one giant slalom remain on the world cup calendar before Olympic action begins on Feb. 7.