After an incredible triple-win streak in Semmering, Austria, Mikaela Shiffrin now holds 80 FIS Alpine World Cup victories. She’s now just two victories behind Lindsey Vonn’s women’s record and six behind Ingemar Stenmark’s all-time record. In just a few days, the Snow Queen Trophy competition in Zagreb, Croatia, will see Shiffrin competing in two more slalom races (her strongest discipline), meaning she has the ability to tie Vonn’s record before the end of the week.
I won’t speculate on how she’ll do in the upcoming races, but it’s nice to take a look back to the past when such a monumental moment could be approaching quite quickly. So, just to reminisce a little bit, why don’t we take a look back at her first World Cup victory? A little more than 10 years ago, on December 20, 2012, at 17-years-old, Mikaela Shiffrin took first place in Åre, Sweden. Fittingly, it was a slalom competition.
The upcoming races in Croatia take place on January 4th, with the first run occurring at 12:30pm local time (4:30am ET) and the second at 4:30pm local time (10:30am ET), and January 5th, with the first run occurring at 3:00pm (9:00am ET) local time and the second at 6pm local time (12:00pm ET). U.S. viewers should be able to watch the races over at skiandsnowboard.live (I say should because streaming online is always a battle for me…)
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