Former Lyme, N.H., resident moves into second place on women’s all-time list for World Cup victories.
Mikaela Shiffrin moved into a tie for second on the all-time list of women’s World Cup victories when she dominated the slalom event in Killington, Vt., on Sunday.
The 24-year-old Shiffrin considers races at Killington as a homecoming. She spent formative years growing up in Lyme, N.H., and attended Burke (Vt.) Mountain Academy.
Shiffrin posted her fourth consecutive Killington slalom victory, triumphing by more than two seconds for her 62nd career victory, matching the total of Austrian Annemarie Moser-Proell who retired from racing in 1980.
She still has a long road to surpass fellow American Lindsey Vonn’s record of 82 victories but the speed with which she is piling up wins suggests it will not take her long.
Shiffrin’s 42nd slalom victory also increased her record in her specialist event, putting her two wins ahead of Swedish great Ingemar Stenmark.
Across both sexes, Stenmark leads the overall list with 86 victories — 46 in giant slalom and 40 in slalom.
On Sunday, treacherous, icy conditions contributed to nearly half the field failing to finish.
Leading by more than a second after the first run, Shiffrin safely negotiated her second run, beating Slovakian Petra Vlhova by 2.29 seconds. Swede Anna Swenn Larsson was third, 2.73 seconds back.
“That was a big fight. I was on the limit every single turn,” Shiffrin said after soaking up cheers from the large crowd.
Shiffrin took third in the giant slalom on Saturday. Italian Marta Bassino won the event.