It would no longer be missing that it is heading towards the longevity of our tricolor Johan Clarey, still second on Saturday on the legendary descent of Kitzbühel (Austria) at 42 years old. At only 27 years old, the American skier Mikaela Shiffrin has in any case just set the new record for victories in the Women’s World Cup. On Tuesday, she won the 83rd success of her career in the first giant slalom at Kronplatz (Italy). After equaling Lindsey Vonn and her 82 victories in early January, Mikaela Shiffrin now holds the record alone.

The skier from Vail (Colorado) is now counting on the legendary 86 victories of Swede Ingemar Stenmark. The world number 1 could reach them even before the Courchevel-Méribel world championships (from February 6 to 19) if she wins the three women’s World Cup races on the program by then: Wednesday at Kronplatz in giant slalom then Saturday and Sunday in Spindleruv Mlyn (Czech Republic) in slalom.

“Hard to find the words”

“It’s hard to find the words, explained the interested party at the microphone of Eurosport. I don’t think there are words to explain all these feelings, because on such a day with two runs, it’s both stressful and exhausting. It can’t be explained, I just tried to breathe and enjoy it. This is already his ninth victory of the season (four in slalom, four in giant and one in super-G).

On the Erta track at Kronplatz, where she had won in 2019, she delivered a new demonstration by setting the best time of the two races. She is ahead of the Swiss Lara Gut-Behrami by 45/100, and by one second and 43/100 the Italian Federica Brignone. The American is steadily increasing her lead at the top of the general classification of the World Cup (more than 550 points over Lara Gut-Behrami), and she is heading towards a fifth crystal globe which no longer seems to be able to escape her.

Titled in the World Cup from the age of 17

This advance, she owes it to her nerves of steel, to her technique but also to her absolute confidence at the moment, as she had already shown last weekend in Cortina d’Ampezzo in the speed events. They are a little less her specialty on paper, but she had not finished far from the podium during the two downhills and the super-G. This record of World Cup victories had been promised for several years to Shiffrin, who won the first of her 83 victories at the age of 17, in December 2012. She could take it to unthinkable levels depending on the longevity of her prolific career. If she does not yet have quite the notoriety outside the ski sphere that the legendary Lindsey Vonn could have had, who retired in 2019 (at age 35), Shiffrin is now the first in the history of this sport. .

This immense champion may hate to talk about numbers and statistics, which “dehumanize the sport and what each athlete tries to accomplish”, she should also do better than Vonn by winning a fifth big globe after those of 2017, 2018, 2019 and 2022. With this record and this start to the season, Shiffrin has completely erased the failure of the Olympic Games in Beijing last year, from where she left without a medal, but with three outings. Enough to worry her rivals, to whom she leaves only crumbs this year for the Worlds.

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