Mikaela Shiffrin has set the record for most career World Cup victories by winning a slalom Saturday in Are, Sweden. The victory gave Shiffrin the undisputed record 12 years to the day after her first World Cup race at the age of 15, breaking a tie with Ingemar Stenmark on the all-time list of overall men’s and women’s winners. This is Shiffrin’s 53rd career victory in slalom, 20th in giant slalom, 5th in super-G, 5th in parallel, 3rd in downhill, and 1st in combined.
Shiffrin, who was joined at the finish line by her brother Taylor, sister-in-law Kristi, and mother and coach Eileen, said, “seeing my brother and (sister-in-law) Kristi and my mom (and coach, Eileen) in the finish today, that’s what makes it memorable.” She added that she was “so proud of the team, this whole season” for being “strong and positive” and “having the right goals.”
Friday’s giant slalom victory allowed Shiffrin to equal Stenmark’s record of 86 wins. In the second run, she achieved the fifth-fastest time, besting Wendy Holdener of Switzerland by 0.92 seconds and Anna Swenn Larsson of Sweden by 0.95 seconds. Paula Moltzan, Shiffrin’s teammate, placed fourth, 1.54 seconds behind Shiffrin.
The race took place at a venue where many significant moments in Shiffrin’s career took place, including her first World Cup victory in 2012 and her slalom world championship gold in 2019. She will compete in three more races at the World Cup Finals in Soldeu, Andorra, next week.