Mikaela Shiffrin took one step closer to tying Lindsey Vonn’s women’s record in Zagreb, Croatia, yesterday, tying the longest win streak in the past 25 years. Her fifth win in a row had her just 76 hundredths of a second ahead of Slovakian Petra Vlhova.
Unfortunately, while Shiffrin initially had the opportunity to tie Vonn’s record today, January 5, in Zagreb’s 2nd women’s slalom race this week, she, and her fans, will have to wait. With warm weather impacting a significant portion of Europe’s ski industry (including Zagreb), and high winds hitting the course, the International Ski Federation was forced to cancel today’s competition.
— FIS Alpine (@fisalpine) January 5, 2023
According to NBC Sports, Wednesday’s competition wasn’t much better, with warm weather making it difficult for many of the athletes to push through. Despite starting seventh for the first run and racing after 30 athletes on the second, however, Shiffrin was left more or less unaffected by the conditions.
“I knew there was a huge chance I could maybe not finish. Sometimes I feel a little bit more nervous when I think about past victories, then it feels like I’m supposed to win, but that’s not a helpful feeling. .. I wasn’t feeling pressure today.” – Mikaela Shiffrin
Assuming no further cancellations or postponements, Shiffrin will be competing next in two giant slalom races in Kranjska Gora, Slovenia, on January 7th and 8th. January 7th’s race is set to take place at 3:30am ET and January 8th’s race is set to take place at 6:30am ET. Both can be watched at skiandsnowboard.live.
Image Credit: Mikaela Shiffrin via Instagram