Mikaela Shiffrin goes for her fifth straight World Cup win — the longest streak in 20 years — live on the Olympic Channel: Home of Team USA and streaming on OlympicChannel.com and the Olympic Channel app on Tuesday afternoon.
It’s a rare opportunity to watch Shiffrin race live during daytime hours across the U.S.
The slalom runs in Flachau, Austria, are at 12 p.m. ET (streaming) and 2:30 p.m. (Olympic Channel and streaming here for subscribers). NBCSN will air coverage at 6 p.m.
What better time to tune in than one month before the Olympics with Shiffrin on the hottest streak of her career.
The 22-year-old won seven of the last eight World Cups and is heavily favored under the lights in her patented discipline Tuesday.
The last Alpine skier to win five straight races on the World Cup calendar was German Katja Seizinger in 1997.
Shiffrin’s dominance the last three weeks has been historic. Three slalom wins, two more in parallel slaloms and another pair in giant slalom.
Four of the five non-parallel wins have been by the following time margins: .89, .99, 1.59 and 1.64 seconds.
“All of us want to ski faster than her, but she is on another level,” Swedish slalom rival Frida Hansdotter said after Shiffrin’s 40th World Cup win on Sunday, according to The Associated Press.
Shiffrin has nine wins in 16 starts this season. She became the third Alpine skier to reach 40 World Cup victories before the age of 23 (she’s 22 until March 13).
The Coloradoan can tie the record of 41 wins before the age of 23 held by Austrian Annemarie Moser-Proell on Tuesday. Lindsey Vonn, the female record holder with 78 victories, had seven at this age.
All of this success made Shiffrin a favorite for three gold medals in PyeongChang, which would tie the record for Alpine golds at one Olympics.
Shiffrin is the world’s best slalom and giant slalom skier and the one to beat in super combined, given she also won a downhill in December.
She’s also leading the World Cup overall standings with 1,281 points. The second-place skier, Swiss Wendy Holdener, has 560 points.
There is talk that Shiffrin could break Slovenian Tina Maze‘s record of 2,414 points in one season, but that will have to wait until the World Cup campaign concludes after an Olympic break.
Shiffrin plans to skip four of the six remaining speed races this month to rest up for PyeongChang.
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