Mikaela Shiffrin won her 13th straight slalom race, including her 10th straight on the World Cup, to move two shy of a women’s record in Killington, Vt., on Sunday.
The youngest Olympic slalom champion prevailed by .73 of a second after two runs at the first World Cup stop on the East Coast since 1991. Slovakia’s Veronika Velez Zuzulova was second, followed by Swiss Wendy Holdener. Full results are here.
Shiffrin said she woke up Sunday with a bad feeling, despite the streak.
“To be honest, I didn’t have a lot of fun today,” she told media in Killington. “I was nervous. It’s not the way that I like to ski race. I like to ski when I’m free and having fun with it. … It’s tough to race in front of a home crowd.”
Shiffrin, who is 21 years old and now has 21 career World Cup slalom wins, moved two shy of the women’s World Cup consecutive wins record for a single discipline. Swiss Vreni Schneider captured 12 straight World Cup slaloms from 1988 to 1990.
On the men’s side, Swede Ingemar Stenmark won 15 straight World Cup giant slalom starts from 1978 to 1980.
Shiffrin could match Schneider by the end of the year with scheduled slaloms Dec. 11 in Sestriere, Italy, and Dec. 29 in Semmering, Austria.
Shiffrin’s streak dates to 2015 and also includes two national championships and one world championship. However, Shiffrin missed five slaloms in the middle of last season due to a right knee injury.
“I don’t feel like [the full streak] counts because I missed half the season last year,” Shiffrin said after her previous win Nov. 12 in Levi, Finland, where her prize was a reindeer she named Sven. “There were other winners. I think my streak starts after I came back from injury.”
Shiffrin won this season’s first two slaloms by and .67 and .73, respectively. Last season, four of her five victories were by more than two seconds.
“My best skiing, I’m not even close to that yet,” she said Sunday.
Shiffrin increased her lead in the World Cup overall standings to 157 points. Defending World Cup overall champion Lara Gut of Switzerland skipped the Killington slalom after skiing out of the giant slalom Saturday. Gut is best at downhill and super-G.
The women’s World Cup continues with two downhills and a super-G in Lake Louise, Alberta, next weekend, which is slated to feature Shiffrin but not the injured Lindsey Vonn.Follow @nzaccardi