Mikaela Shiffrin wins her 83rd World Cup race, surpassing Lindsey Vonn : NPR

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Mikaela Shiffrin took first place in her first run in the giant slalom in Kronplatz, Italy, bidding to make World Cup history.

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Mikaela Shiffrin took first place in her first run in the giant slalom in Kronplatz, Italy, bidding to make World Cup history.

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American skier Mikaela Shiffrin is now on her own in women’s alpine skiing, having claimed World Cup victory no. 83 on Kronplatz mountain in northern Italy on Tuesday. Shiffrin broke the record she shared with fellow American Lindsey Vonn after surpassing Vonn’s 82nd win earlier this month.

Shiffrin, 27, grabbed the lead in her first run, edging two Olympic medalists — Switzerland’s Lara Gut-Behrami and Italy’s Federica Brignone — by 0.13 seconds and 0.27 seconds, respectively.

Shiffrin came out of the gate seemingly set to make history, her time never trailing any other skier. Gut-Behrami, in contrast, overcame a relatively slow start to scorch the bottom of the course and mount a stiff challenge to Shiffrin in the Dolomites.

That set up Shiffrin’s second run, and last attempt at the record. This weekend in Cortina, she earned top 10 finishes in the downhill and super-G speed events. Now, at Kronplatz, Shiffrin let her ethereal blend of speed and technical skill shine.

Only Ingemar Stenmark remains ahead of Shiffrin

Mikaela Shiffrin broke the record she shared with Lindsey Vonn, taking her gold in the 83rd World Cup. She is pictured here at the FIS Alpine Ski World Cup event in Cortina d’Ampezzo, Italy.

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Mikaela Shiffrin broke the record she shared with Lindsey Vonn, taking her gold in the 83rd World Cup. She is pictured here at the FIS Alpine Ski World Cup event in Cortina d’Ampezzo, Italy.

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The win leaves just one name ahead of Shiffrin’s: Ingemar Stenmark, the legendary Swedish racer whose 86 World Cup wins are the most ever — by a man or a woman.

Stenmark is among those expecting even more greatness from Shiffrin.

“Shiffrin will win more than 100 [races],” he predicted in an interview with them Olympics.com“and it doesn’t make me sad at all.”

Shiffrin, who was born and raised in Colorado, has been racing on the World Cup circuit since 2011 — starting her career just before she turned 16. only skier in history who won a race in all six World Cup disciplines: downhill, super-G, slalom, giant slalom, combined, and parallel.

Shiffrin also showed rare consistency, overcoming back and knee injuries in a sport where athletes launch their bodies downhill at speeds reaching 75 to 80 mph. In the 2018-19 World Cup season, she won 17 races — a mark no other male or female skier has ever matched.

Mikaela Shiffrin speeds down the slalom course at the women’s World Cup event in Flachau, Austria, earlier this month.

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Shiffrin continues Shiffrining

While her latest win makes history, it’s also a testament to Shiffrin’s resilience. Three years ago, she acknowledged that she was “devastated” after her father, Jeff, died in an accident at his home.

“I wish I could go back to a time when I could share it with more people I love,” Shiffrin said after her 82nd win earlier this month tied her with Vonn.

She also showed grace and humanity in coping with a series of disappointments she endured at last year’s Winter Olympics, where she failed to finish three races and failed to win a medal.

Heading into the race weekend in Italy, Shiffrin had won 82 of her previous 234 World Cup starts — that’s winning 35% of her events on the world’s top circuit.

With her latest victory, Shiffrin stands alone among the women, and is now setting her sights on Stenmark’s all-time record.

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