Stifel U.S. Alpine Team athlete Mikaela Shiffrin made history, winning her 82nd career World Cup in the Kranjska Gora giant slalom and tying Lindsey Vonn’s record of 82 World Cup victories, the most World Cup wins by a woman alpine ski racer.
The race conditions were unpredictable in Kranjska Gora, but Shiffrin powered through the sugary snow and flat light to win first run. She built on her lead in second run to win by .77 seconds—a massive margin in alpine ski racing. When she crossed the finish line and saw her result, she let out an uncharacteristic celebratory yell and sat on her skis to let it soak in.
“I really wanted to ski it well and I did,” said Shiffrin. “I can’t believe it. It was a fight.”
Rounding out the podium for the Kranjska Gora Golden Fox Trophy race, Federica Brignone of Italy was second and Lara Gut-Behrami was third.
Shiffrin’s result ties her with the legendary Lindsey Vonn, who collected 82 wins over her storied career, making the two best women alpine skiers in history from the United States and part of the Stifel U.S. Alpine Team. Together these women have inspired generations of skiers and generations to come.
“I was so nervous on the second run because I said I did not care about the number, but I was more nervous than I have ever been,” said Shiffrin. “I am trying not to think about the records or change my goals but its 82 victories it’s a bit indescribable.”
Shiffrin’s victories have spanned the last decade and she hasn’t let up in 2022-23. This is her eighth victory of the season in the women’s World Cup: two slaloms in Levi, a super-G in St. Moritz, two giant slaloms in Semmering, a slalom in Semmering, a slalom in Zagreb and today’s giant slalom in Kranjska Gora. Her win rate is an extraordinary 35%, which means that when she steps into the start gate, she is likely to win over one-third of all races.
Shiffrin also claimed her 51st World Cup slalom win just over a week ago, more than any other alpine skier in a specific event. Only Ingemar Stenmark (81 in men’s slalom & 72 in men’s giant slalom) has as many podium finishes in a specific event as Shiffrin in the women’s slalom (71).
Shiffrin is already set to chase Ingemar Stenmark‘s all-time record of 86. Both Lindsey Vonn and Ingemar Stenmark also reached the peak of their careers wearing Reusch gloves.
Women’s giant slalom