Mikaela Shiffrin ends World Cup ski season with yet another record

SOLDEU, Andorra — Soon after capping her document-placing year with vocation get 88, Mikaela Shiffrin was questioned one problem above and above again – and she could not actually respond to it.

What’s up coming?

“What do you assume will come subsequent? How numerous victories?,” Johan Eliasch, president of the Worldwide Ski and Snowboard Federation, wanted to know soon after handing Shiffrin her fifth huge crystal world, the prize for profitable the Entire world Cup general title.

“I never have a guess at how lots of,” Shiffrin replied. “Sometimes a aspect of me feels like that is often my last victory. I hope not, I keep heading for a lot more.”

A 7 days just after breaking the file of Swedish wonderful Ingemar Stenmark, the American extended the all-time very best mark for most profession wins to 88 by profitable the final race of the year, a large slalom at the Planet Cup Finals on Sunday.

Her 21st job acquire in the discipline marked yet a further milestone as it moved Shiffrin previous Swiss skier Vreni Schneider, who had 20 Environment Cup GS victories involving the mid-80s and mid-90s. The American has won seven of the last 8 gatherings and took the GS globe title very last month.

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The general document, amongst males and women of all ages, is held by Stenmark, who gained 46 large slaloms in the 1970s and 80s.

The “what’s following?” question also came from her boyfriend and Earth Cup downhill winner, Aleksander Aamodt Kilde, who conducted a program-side job interview soon after the race.

“I do not know, you men inform me. Just continue to keep going suitable along,” reported Shiffrin, who also secured the slalom and GS titles this season.

Soon after Kilde questioned her about ideas to boost for subsequent season, Shiffrin quipped: “We can focus on that afterwards, in private.”

Shiffrin also set a personal very best of 2,206 Entire world Cup points from 31 commences this year, two factors extra than her tally from 2018-19, when she competed in 26 races.

Only one skier secured much more details in a one period: Slovenian wonderful Tina Maze finished her 2012-13 campaign on 2,414.

Later, Shiffrin posed for images with men’s overall champion Marco Odermatt, who established the men’s file of 2,042 details. It’s the initially Entire world Cup season in which both the women’s and men’s over-all winner completed on additional than 2,000 points.

Sunday’s result also marked Shiffrin’s document 138th job Environment Cup podium, shifting her 1 forward of former teammate Lindsey Vonn’s mark of 137.

But for Shiffrin, her private favorite report arrived nine decades back.

“Honestly, I imagine almost certainly becoming the youngest Olympic slalom champion. That was definitely the only file that I essentially at any time wanted, like definitely shot for,” mentioned Shiffrin, who was 18 when she received her 1st Olympic gold at the 2014 Sochi Games.

“It took place fairly some time in the past, and I’m continue to determined today, I nevertheless had that anxious feeling up there. I was so anxious at the get started … due to the fact you want to do properly. And it does not matter about data, it’s just you want to do properly.”

With the solar beaming down on the Avet class, Shiffrin held on to her a 1st-run direct to edge Thea Louise Stjernesund by .06 seconds. The Norwegian acquired her to start with job podium.

Canadian skier Valerie Grenier was 3rd, trailing Shiffrin by .20.

A few of the major seven rated racers did not complete their to start with operates, as Petra Vlhova, who won Saturday’s slalom, Federica Brignone and Olympic winner Sara Hector all skipped a gate.

Two-time former globe winner Tessa Worley placed 11th in what she mentioned would be the last race of her career. The French GS specialist has gained 16 races and a few season titles, most just lately last 12 months.

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