San Vigilio di Marebe, Italy – American figure skater Michaela Shiffry won the 83rd World Cup competition on Tuesday.
Shiffrin’s giant slalom wins tied her with former American teammate Lindsey Vonn on the all-time list for women. Vonn retired four years ago when injuries cut her career short.
“It might take me a while to figure out what to say,” Shiffrin said. “I don’t know what to say now.”
Shifrin needs just three more victories to match Injmar Stenmark’s total mark – between men and women – of 86 victories.
Steinmark competed in the 1970s and 80s.
Shiffrin led from start to finish at the Kronplatz resort in Italy’s Dolomites, posting the fastest first run, 0.45 seconds ahead of world champion Lara Gut-Behrami and 1.43 ahead of home favorite and former overall champion Federica Brignon.
Shiffrin looked tired and relaxed after he finished, bent down and rested her head on her pillars, then bit her lip before going to hug Gut-behrami and Brignon.
“Congratulations,” Brignon said to Shiffrin, and Shiffrin replied, “My God.”
It was Shiffrin’s ninth win of the season.
Moreover, Shiffrin is only 27 years old. Vonn was 33 when she won her last World Cup, while Stenmark was 32.
The record comes nearly a year after Shiffrin went without a medal in six events at the Beijing Olympics.
Shiffrin can quickly add to her record total with another giant slalom in Kronplatz on Wednesday. Then she has two slaloms — her best event, 51 of her 83 wins — in Spindleruv Mlyn, Czech Republic, next weekend. In the year In March 2011, Shiffrin made her World Cup debut at the age of 15.
After a short break, Shiffrin will be a multi-medal threat at the world championships in Courchevel and Meribel, France, starting in February. 6.