With a win on Sunday, American skier Mikaela Shiffrin marked her 43rd World Cup win in a single alpine skiing discipline.
Lindsay Vonn may still hold the mantle as the winningest woman in ski racing. But 24-year-old Mikaela Shiffrin is closing the gap with the retired Vonn. She matched Vonn’s record for the most women’s World Cup victories in one discipline with a win at the FIS Alpine Skiing World Cup in Lienz, Austria.
To secure the win in the slalom event, Shiffrin had to pull ahead of rival skier Petra Vlhova. And she did, beating out second-place Vlhova by 0.61 seconds.
Shiffrin now has 43 slalom World Cup wins and 64 overall World Cup wins, bringing her even closer Lindsey Vonn’s all-time record of 82 overall wins. Lindsey Vonn, who retired earlier this year, holds records for consecutive World Cup titles and has the second-highest ranking of all skiers (men and women). Vonn holds the record for 43 titles in the downhill discipline while Shiffrin’s 43 title wins are in the slalom.
She won her first overall World Cup title when she was just 21. And then she became the first athlete, male or female, to win 17 World Cup races during a single season in 2019. Shiffrin is already one of the top female alpine skiers in the world, and she’s only 24.
Now, Shiffrin is tied with Vonn’s discipline title record and has a lot of opportunities to set even more records in the future.