Mikaela Shiffrin ties childhood idol on World Cup wins list (video)

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Mikaela Shiffrin won her 37th career World Cup race on Monday, tying childhood idol Marlies Schild for sixth place on the women’s all-time list.

Shiffrin, the youngest Olympic slalom champion, prevailed in an evening city event slalom in Oslo to open 2018.

In head-to-head, bracket-style racing, Shiffrin knocked out Swede Anna Swenn Larsson, German Lena Duerr, Swede Frida Hansdotter and finally Swiss Wendy Holdener.

Full results are here.

Shiffrin has won six of her 13 starts this season, including four of five slaloms. She has 37 wins at age 22. Lindsey Vonn, the record-holder with 78 wins, had seven wins at the same age.

Shiffrin is on fire and looking for multiple medals in PyeongChang — clear slalom favorite, plus a podium contender in giant slalom, super combined and super-G.

Six years ago, she made her first World Cup podium in a race won by the Austrian Schild.

“Oh my gosh, I’m such a big fan,” Shiffrin blurted out to Schild then, according to The New York Times. “Well, I’m also on the podium with you. But I’m still a big fan.”

Two years later, Shiffrin stood on top of the Sochi Olympic podium, one step higher than Schild. Schild retired later in 2014 holding the women’s World Cup record of 35 slalom wins.

Shiffrin won her 30th slalom on Monday (if including city events and parallel slaloms). She would tie Schild’s mark before the PyeongChang Olympics if she wins the rest of the World Cup slaloms in January.

In her last 26 World Cup slaloms, Shiffrin owns 21 wins, two runners-up, a pair of third-place finishes and one DNF.

The women’s Alpine World Cup continues with a slalom in Zagreb, Croatia, on Wednesday, live on Olympic Channel: Home of Team USA.

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Mikaela Shiffrin heads to world championships with medal records in sight

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Before Mikaela Shiffrin can hold the World Cup wins record, she can become the most decorated Alpine skier in modern world championships history.

Shiffrin takes a respite from World Cup pursuits for the biennial world championships in France. She is expected to race at least four times, beginning with Monday’s combined.

Shiffrin has a tour-leading 11 World Cup victories in 23 starts this season, her best since her record 17-win 2018-19 campaign, but world championships do not count toward the World Cup.

Shiffrin remains one career victory behind Swede Ingemar Stenmark‘s record 86 World Cup wins until at least her next World Cup start in March.

Shiffrin has been more successful at worlds than at the Olympics and even on the World Cup. She has 11 medals in 13 world championships races dating to her 2013 debut, including making the podium in each of her last 10 events.

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She enters worlds one shy of the modern, post-World War II individual records for total medals (Norway’s Kjetil Andre Aamodt won 12) and gold medals (Austrian Toni Sailer, Frenchwoman Marielle Goitschel and Swede Anja Pärson won seven).

Worlds take place exactly one year after Shiffrin missed the medals in all of her Olympic races, but that’s not motivating her.

“If I learned anything last year, it’s that these big events, they can go amazing, and they can go terrible, and you’re going to survive no matter what,” she said after her most recent World Cup last Sunday. “So I kind of don’t care.”

Shiffrin ranks No. 1 in the world this season in the giant slalom (Feb. 16 at worlds) and slalom (Feb. 18).

This year’s combined is one run of super-G coupled with one run of slalom (rather than one downhill and one slalom), which also plays to her strengths. She won that event, with that format, at the last worlds in 2021. The combined isn’t contested on the World Cup, so it’s harder to project favorites.

Shiffrin is also a medal contender in the super-G (Feb. 8), despite starting just two of five World Cup super-Gs this season (winning one of them).

She is not planning to race the downhill (Feb. 11), which she often skips on the World Cup and has never contested at a worlds. Nor is she expected for the individual parallel (Feb. 15), a discipline she hasn’t raced in three years in part due to the strain it puts on her back with the format being several runs for the medalists.

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Lucas Braathen, world’s top male slalom skier, in doubt for world championships

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Norway’s Lucas Braathen, the world’s top male slalom skier this season, is doubtful to compete in the world championships slalom on Feb. 19 after appendix surgery on Tuesday.

“It’s been a tough couple of days fighting after surprisingly finding out about quite an intense infection on my appendix,” Braathen, a 22-year-old soccer convert with a Brazilian mom, posted on social media. “I’ve been through surgery and I’m blessed that it went successfully.”

The Norway Alpine skiing team doctor said Braathen’s recovery will take a few weeks, but there is a small possibility he can make it back for the world championships slalom, which is on the final day of the two-week competition.

Braathen has two slalom wins and one giant slalom win this World Cup season. He will miss Saturday’s slalom in Chamonix, France, the last race before worlds. Countryman Henrik Kristoffersen and Swiss Daniel Yule can overtake him atop the World Cup slalom standings in Chamonix.

Braathen entered last year’s Olympics as the World Cup slalom leader and skied out in the first run at the Games.

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