Mikaela Shiffrin became the most decorated U.S. World Cup slalom skier Monday, taking her 10th career race in the discipline in Kuhtai, Austria, and breaking her longest victory drought since her maiden win two years ago.
“I still have it,” Shiffrin told media in Austria, laughing.
Shiffrin prevailed over two runs by .8 of a second over Czech Sarka Strachova and .92 over Swiss Wendy Holdener. She had the fastest time in both runs and led by .15 after the first run.
“I brought out something in me that was buried really deep inside,” Shiffrin said of her second run. “That run is a blur for me. That’s a good sign.”
Shiffrin, who became the youngest Olympic slalom champion in Sochi, passed the retired Phil Mahre and Tamara McKinney, who both won nine World Cup slaloms. Shiffrin, 19, became the fourth woman from any nation to win 10 World Cup slaloms before turning 20.
“There’s more to come,” Shiffrin said. “Hopefully this isn’t where it stops.”
Shiffrin appears to have broken out of her funk, combining Monday’s win in falling snow with a third-place finish in a giant slalom Sunday following a two-month, five-race podium drought.
“Some pretty tough days,” said Shiffrin, who credited boot and ski equipment adjustments to her bounce-back. “I’m finally having to maybe hold myself more accountable for what I’m doing and really treat this like it’s my career and not anybody else’s.”
Her lone top-three finish this season before this weekend was in the opening giant slalom in Soelden, Austria, on Oct. 25.
The women’s Alpine skiing World Cup continues with a slalom in Zagreb, Croatia, on Sunday.