Can Shiffrin Beat Stenmark's Overall Record Before This Season Concludes?

Can Shiffrin Beat Stenmark's Overall Record Before This Season Concludes?

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Can Shiffrin Beat Stenmark's Overall Record Before This Season Concludes?

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Just one day after becoming the winning most woman in Alpine World Cup history with 83 wins, Mikaela Shiffrin has upped that number to 84. On Wednesday, January 25, she finished 0.82 seconds ahead of second place Ragnhild Mowinckel on the same Giant Slalom course as Tuesday’s record breaking run. According to the Associated Press, Shiffrin now holds 19 career victories in giant slalom, just one behind Vreni Shneider’s record of 20, and is now just TWO victories behind Ingemar Stenmark’s overall record of 86 wins. So, can she tie, or even break, Stenmark’s record this season?

It’s entirely possibly for Shiffrin to tie 86 wins this weekend, with two slalom races (one to replace the cancelled race in Zagreb) occurring on January 28-29 in Spindleruv Mlyn, Czech Republic. Mikaela holds holds 51 World Cup slalom wins, the most wins in a single discipline for any skier in World Cup history, easily making slalom her best discipline. But ski racing is fairly unpredictable, and though it’s possible, anything could happen in the next few races, so let’s take a look towards the rest of the season.

Things are beginning to slow down for the World Cup Season and, following this weekend, Shiffrin won’t race again until February 25-26 in Crans Montana, Switzerland. February 25 features a downhill race while February 26 features super g, the two disciplines which, combined, make up for only fourteen of her 84 total wins. That definitely doesn’t mean that she won’t stand a chance, but it’s still something to consider.

Following the races in Switzerland, Shiffrin is set to compete in two super g races and one downhill race in Kvitfjell, Norway from March 3-5. On March 10-11, however, the Women’s World Cup heads to Are, Sweden, for one giant slalom and one slalom, two more great opportunities for Shiffrin to add to her victory count.

Finally, to finish off the season, racers head to Soldeu, Andorra for the World Cup Finals. Here, Shiffrin will compete in one of each disciplines, so she’ll have one final giant slalom and, most significantly, one final slalom race for the season.

To conclude, Mikaela Shiffrin is set to compete in four more slalom races,  two more giant slalom races, four more super g races, and three more downhill races in the 2022/23 Alpine World Cup series. If she were to win all four slalom races, that would put her two victories ahead of Stenmark’s record. I’m not making the claim that this will happen, and I’m not an expert in ski racing, so I’m not even going to make a prediction. All I’m saying is that you should probably pay close attention throughout the rest of the season…

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