Photo: Jeff Pachoud Agence France-Presse
Mikaela Shiffrin has joined his childhood idol, Austria’s Marlies Schild, with 35 victories in slalom on the circuit of the world Cup.
Mikaela Shiffrin made history Saturday when she signed her 35th career win in the slalom and 50th in total in his career on the circuit of the world Cup of alpine skiing.
Shiffrin, who had a lead of four one-hundredths of a second after the first round, was dug to 0.29 when the next one in front of Petra Vlhova, who has finished second behind the racer star american in all three slaloms so far this season.
Shiffrin joined his childhood idol, Austria’s Marlies Schild, with 35 victories in slalom on the circuit of the world Cup. The last victory of Schild in the slalom, which occurred in December 2013, was recorded at the age of 32 years. Shiffrin will celebrate its 24th anniversary in march.
The American is also the youngest of eight skiers, four men and as many women, to reach the plateau of 50 wins in world Cup alpine skiing. The legendary skier Swedish Ingemar Stenmark in account 86 alone.
“These numbers are so distracting, said Shiffrin after the race. I tried the best I could not to think about it today. “
The olympic champion in slalom Frida Hansdotter, completed the podium Saturday, 0.37 second of Shiffrin.
The Canadian Erin Mielzynski, of Brampton, Ontario, surprised many by finishing eighth, to 2.06 seconds of Shiffrin. His countrymen Roni Remme, of Collingwood, Ontario, Laurence St-Germain, Saint-Ferréol-les-Neiges, and Amelia Smart, Invermere, bc., followed in 17th, 19th and 28th ranks, respectively.
Shiffrin has won each of the slaloms since his disappointing fourth place in the olympic Games to Pyeongchang in February.
She said she had been “perhaps a little lucky today,” after having committed a rare mistake early in the first round. Shiffrin has lost the speed merchant a few doors, but she caught up the lost time by the end of the tour to Courchevel to defeat Vlhova.
“I don’t know how I managed to find myself in the lead after the first inning. Petra has better skiing than me, ” admitted Shiffrin.
It was his seventh victory this season, in 11 starts and she has earned 100 ranking points. His lead in the general classification is now of 501 points ahead of his nearest prosecutor, Vlhova.
Shiffrin and Schild will share a record for at least a week, since the next slalom is scheduled next week in Semmering, Austria.