San Vigilio di Marebe, Italy — Mikaela Shiffrin didn’t have to wait long to add to her World Cup victories.
Record win no. Shiffrin, 83, added her 84th victory Wednesday in another giant slalom on the same course.
And just like she did the day before, Shifry led from start to finish, dominated the first race’s downhill Ertha course and then took advantage in the second race.
Shiffrin finished 0.82 seconds ahead of two-time Olympic silver medalist Ragnild Mowinkel, 1.19 ahead of Olympic champion Sarah Hector.
When Shiffrin reaches the finish line after her second run, she falls to the snow in exhaustion — her skis still attached to her boots — before Mowinkle and Hector come to congratulate her and help her up.
“Oh my,” Shiffrin said, “I was pushing hard and I was hoping I finished on the right side of all the doors.” I’m a little dead in my mind right now – I’m so tired. But when you slide like that, it keeps your energy going. So, it’s just an incredible feeling.”
Tuesday’s win moved Shiffrin past the 82 wins previously held by her former American teammate Lindsey Vonn, ahead of the women’s mark, while Wednesday’s win moved her within two of the overall record – both men’s and women’s – held by Ingemar Stenmark’s 86.
Vonn retired four years ago when injuries cut short her career, and Stenmark competed in the 1970s and ’80s.
If Shiffrin wins two slaloms in Spindleruv Mlyn in the Czech Republic this weekend, she can match Stenmark on Sunday.
“Technically, it’s possible,” Shifrin said with a laugh. “We’ll see if I can put the power on the slalom skis for two more races.
“It’s been busy, and I’m in the worst part of my cycle, so now I’m more tired, it’s normal to talk about that,” she added.
Spindleruve was where Shiffrin made her World Cup debut 12 years ago as a 15-year-old prodigy.
“It’s a special place for me,” she said. “So I’m really looking forward to going.”
Former World Cup giant slalom champion Marta Bassino was on her way to leading the stage before she lost control a few doors down and plowed through the door.
It was Shiffrin’s 10th win of the season and 19th of her career in the giant slalom, moving her within Vrenny Schneider’s record of 20 in the discipline.
Shiffrin said she spent the night after her record-breaking date.
“But it was a great night,” she said. “It was great to see people’s messages and see so much support and so much excitement about the race. I was definitely watching all of that and then I was trying to go to sleep and get a good night’s sleep. And I was awake. I was awake at midnight at 3. Then I was awake at 5 It was. I was hungry all night. I was like, ‘Oh, I’m a mess.’
Still, Shiffrin managed to pull herself together to bring back her best skiing.
“Later [Tuesday]”I was really tired, which made today really hard,” he said, “and I felt scared because when I’m tired from skiing, I’m going to make a mistake. And I didn’t want to make a mistake today.”
“The first run, I thought, ‘Either I’m going to be in the fourth gate or it’s going to be a really good run.’