Mikaela Shiffrin won her 86th race on Friday in the giant slalom in Are, Sweden, tying the record for most World Cup victories.
On Saturday, when she competes in the slalom in the same resort, the 27-year-old American will have the opportunity to break the record held by the Swede Ingemar Stenmark.
After the first run, Shiffrin had the advantage and expanded on it to defeat Federica Brignone of Italy by 0.64 seconds.
Shiffrin told Eurosport, “This is just a wonderful day.
“All I wanted to do was fight for it. It’s incredible, unbelievable.”
It was Shiffrin’s 12th World Cup victory of the year, and she also won the giant slalom World Cup championship for the whole campaign.
Shriffrin has now won six out of nine giant slaloms this season and the World Championship gold. He had already won the overall World Cup title for a sixth time and the slalom crystal globe.
Sara Hector of Sweden finished third, 0.92 seconds after Shiffrin.
The visibility made it more difficult, according to Shiffrin, who was clutching a pair of skis with the words “86 triumphs” printed on the bottom as she stood on the podium.
“I had success with the light for the first run, but for the second run it was considerably darker and I just kept pushing.”
Stenmark’s victories in the 1970s and 1980s gave him the chance to break the record, and she now has the chance to achieve it just two days before her 28th birthday on Monday.