With her 83rd victory of her career, Mikaela Shiffrin has now won more World Cup skiing races than any other woman.
Her victory in the giant slalom in Italy moves her one ahead of fellow American Lindsey Vonn’s previous record.
In the race on Tuesday, Shiffrin, 27, finished 0.45 seconds clear of the pack.
The two-time Olympic gold medalist is currently just three World Cup victories away from breaking Sweden’s Ingemar Stenmark’s all-time record.
“In reality, words are scarce. I don’t think there are words to fully express all the emotions I experience since the day is difficult, occasionally serene, occasionally uneasy, occasionally exhilarating “Eurosport was told by Shiffrin.
“These are long days with two runs and everything. They’re exhausting, and when they’re over, the excitement is too intense to handle.”
At the age of 17, Shiffrin won her first World Cup race in December 2012. Since then, she has won 51 slalom races, 18 giant slalom races, five super-G races, three downhill races, five parallel slalom races, and one Alpine combined race.
In her first run at Kronplatz, she gained an advantage over the pack of 0.13 seconds, and she expanded it even further in her second run to finish far in front of Swiss competitor Lara Gut-Behrami and Italian Federica Brignone.
Following her eighth victory of the year, Shiffrin has 1417 points, which is 556 points more than Gut-Behrami.
Everyone anticipated it would occur.
After dominating the sport for a large portion of the 2000s and 2010s, skiing legend Vonn earned her final title in 2018.
Shiffrin has won 83 times in 238 races, whereas Vonn has won 82 times in 395 races, making her the only competitor to have triumphed in each of the six World Cup disciplines.
With two races in her preferred slalom discipline in Spindleruv Mlyn in the Czech Republic on Sunday and another giant slalom event in Kronplatz on Wednesday, Shiffrin may have the opportunity to match Stenmark’s record of 86 this weekend.
Tessa Worley of France, who finished fifth on Tuesday, referred to the four-time World Cup victor as “inspiration.”
Everyone, according to Worley, “sort of knew it was going to happen.”
“What I admire is that she’s going about it the proper way; she enters the race, takes the lead after the opening lap, and continues on to win the race.”