Shiffrin closes the season with a record 21st GS victory

Associated Press8:29 AM ET2 Minute Read

SOLDEU, Andorra — Mikaela Shiffrin won her 21st career giant slalom at Sunday’s World Cup final as the American ended the season with another record.

The win put Shiffrin past Vreni Schneider, a week after she reached the Swiss skier’s mark of 20 World Cup giant slalom victories. The American has won seven of the last eight events and clinched the world title in giant slalom last month.

The overall record between men and women is held by the great Swede Ingemar Stenmark, who won 46 giant slaloms in the 1970s and 1980s.

“I don’t know, you tell me,” Shiffrin said with a laugh when asked about possible next records in an interview with her friend and World Cup downhill champion Aleksander Aamodt Kilde. “Just keep going”

When Kilde asked her about improvement plans for next season, Shiffrin quipped, “We can discuss that privately later.”

Shiffrin clinched the overall, slalom and giant slalom titles that season and extended the all-time record for most career wins to 88.

On Sunday, Shiffrin also posted a personal best of 2,206 World Cup points from 31 starts this season, two points more than her tally from 2018-19 when she competed in 26 races.

Only one skier has accumulated more points in a single season: world-class Slovenian Tina Maze finished her 2012-13 season with 2,414 points.

Sunday’s result also marked Shiffrin’s record-breaking 138th World Cup podium of her career, putting her ahead of former teammate Lindsey Vonn’s 137 mark.

But for Shiffrin, her personal favorite record came nine years ago.

“Honestly, I think I’m probably the youngest slalom Olympic champion. That was really the only record I’ve ever wanted to really shoot,” Shiffrin, who was 18 when she competed at the Sochi 2014 Games, told her won first Olympic gold. “It happened a while ago and I’m still motivated today; I still had that nervous feeling up there. I was so nervous at the start… because you want to do well. And it’s not about records. You just want to do well.”

In glorious sunshine on the Avet track, Shiffrin maintained her lead from heat one, relegating Thea Louise Stjernesund by 0.06 seconds. The Norwegian took her first podium of her career.

Canadian skier Valerie Grenier was third, 0.20 seconds behind Shiffrin.

Three of the top seven racers didn’t finish their first runs as Petra Vlhova, who won Saturday’s slalom, Federica Brignone and Olympic champion Sara Hector all missed a goal.

Two-time former world champion Tessa Worley finished 11th in what she said was the last race of her career. The French giant slalom specialist has won 16 races and three titles this season, most recently last year.


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