Mikaela Shiffrin claimed her 75th World Cup victory in Levi, Finland, on Saturday, after breaking Lindsey Vonn’s record for the most podiums in a single race by a female skier.
She’s now only seven World Cup victories, a record, which is 82 for a fellow skier, 11 behind leader Swede Ingmar Stenmark.
“It was a great feeling in the first run, I felt really good, but I was falling a little bit,” she said, according to the FIS website, after her 67th World Cup win in the slalom. Vonn has 66 downhill victories.
“In the second round I made adjustments and it felt like it was going at a really good pace. I was strong and solid all around.”
She held an advantage of just over two hundredths of a second from the first run to the second entering the steepest section of the course, and was 0.14 seconds behind Slovakia’s Petra Vlhova.
But on the steep slopes and to the finish, Shiffrin displayed her trademark strength to complete both runs in a time of 1.51:25, pushing Sweden’s Anna Swin-Larson into second by 0.16 seconds.
Fluva, who had won the previous four races in Levi, eventually finished third.
“Today was a really good day. It wasn’t easy, I was a bit nervous but in the end I managed to skate the way I wanted to,” Shiffrin told Eurosport afterwards.
“In the second round in particular it felt really good sledding, fun turns to do, sometimes you push as hard as you can and it doesn’t work – you wobble, or you don’t win. It can be heartbreaking but today we can be happy with that and put the focus back on.” for tomorrow.”
It marked Shiffrin’s continued triumphant return to form after she failed to finish three of the six events she entered at the 2022 Winter Olympics in February and came back from Beijing empty-handed.
In addition to the gold medal, Schiffrin will return home from Levi with her fifth Lapland reindeer, the traditional prize in Levi.
“I don’t have any ideas [about a name] But we can do a debriefing later with the team, she said, according to the FIS website. “I’ll come up with a name later, or tomorrow. I never think of a name before I race, because I don’t want to get the feel of it.”