Mikaela Shiffrin won her 75th World Cup in Levi, Finland, on Saturday. She also broke Lindsey Vonn’s record for most podiums in one discipline by a female skier.
She now has seven World Cup wins less than her American counterpart’s record of 82 wins for female skiers and is 11 short of the all-time leader, Ingemar Stenmark.
After her 67th World Cup win, she stated that “it was a nice feeling, I felt pretty good on the first run, but I was holding back slightly.” Vonn has won 66 downhill races.
“I made adjustments on the second run and it felt like a great pace and tempo. I felt solid every time.”
She had a gap of only two hundredths off a second between the first and second runs. When she entered the steepest section, she was 0.14 seconds slower than Petra Vlhova from Slovakia.
Shiffrin’s trademark power was displayed on the steep run, which saw her finish both runs in 1.51:25. This placed Shiffrin second behind Anna Swann Larson of Sweden by 0.16 seconds.
Vlhova, who had won four previous Levi slaloms, finished third.
“Today was a great day. It wasn’t easy. I was nervous, but I was able to ski the way that I wanted,” Shiffrin shared with Eurosport afterward.
“On the second run, especially, I felt the good skis and the turns that were fun so sometimes you push as hard but it doesn’t work. You straddle or you lose. Although it can be difficult, we can learn from it and be grateful for the moment.
This was Shiffrin’s triumphant return to form after she failed to complete three of six events at the 2022 Winter Olympics. She returned to Beijing empty-handed.
Shiffrin will also be returning home from Levi with her fifth Lapland reindeer, which is the traditional prize at Levi.
According to the FIS website, she stated that “I don’t have any ideas [about the name] but we could have a debrief with the team later,” “I’ll think of the name tomorrow or later.” Because I don’t want it to be jinxed, I don’t think about a name before I race.