Mikaela Shiffrin, with 66th World Cup win, moves one shy of career dream

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Mikaela Shiffrin has said one of her career dreams is to win in every discipline in one season. She is now one victory shy of realizing it.

Shiffrin earned her 66th World Cup victory — and her second in three days — at a super-G in Bansko, Bulgaria, on Sunday.

She prevailed by .29 of a second over Italian Marta Bassino and .70 over Swiss Lara Gut-Behrami. Gut-Behrami, the last skier other than Shiffrin to win a World Cup overall title back in 2016, earned her first podium in exactly one year.

Full results are here.

“Perfect weekend for me,” said Shiffrin, who moved one shy of recently retired Austrian Marcel Hirscher for third place on the World Cup career wins list. “The whole team is excited about the whole weekend, but especially today.”

She is en route to a fourth straight World Cup overall title. And she is a combined victory away from wins in all five disciplines in one season. Only Marc GirardelliPetra KronbergerJanica Kostelic and Tina Maze have done it.

“The thing that I’m most proud of right now is that I know how to win in slalom, [giant slalom], super-G and downhill, which I never expected that would really happen,” she said.

Shiffrin struggled with confidence during a winless stretch in early January, trying not to compare herself to last season, when she won a record 17 times. She still leads the men’s and women’s tours with six victories this season, a little more than halfway through.

“Every race is such a big fight, and I haven’t been the one on top of this fight every time,” she said. “Certainly I’ve been like sometimes the expectations that I have or that other people might have, I’m not quite living up to that. Sometimes it’s hard not to feel like I’m failing sometimes, even though this is still just an incredible season.”

There are two combined races left this season for Shiffrin to achieve the dream — Feb. 23 in Switzerland and March 1 in Italy. While combined — mixing a speed run and a technical run — might seem perfect for Shiffrin, she has one victory in four starts in the discipline between the World Cup and Olympics.

And Shiffrin is careful about her race schedule. She is undecided on entering a downhill and super-G next weekend at the 2014 Olympic venue in Russia.

“After this weekend my brain is a little bit dead,” she joked.

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Mikaela Shiffrin grabs 65th World Cup win with downhill victory

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Mikaela Shiffrin earned her 65th World Cup win — and her first of 2020 — by taking a downhill in Bansko, Bulgaria on Friday.

Shiffrin’s second career downhill victory came in by .18 of a second over giant slalom rival Federica Brignone of Italy. Swiss Joana Haehlen was third, .23 behind. Full results are here.

“It’s a technical hill, for sure the most technical track on the speed circuit, so I was looking forward to coming here because that maybe suits me a little bit better than some of the other typical speed tracks,” Shiffrin said. “I find that really interesting to learn a new track. It’s like a puzzle or something, It was pretty exciting to put everything together today.”

Shiffrin, racing in Bansko for the first time, had not won her previous five races, all in her more favored disciplines of slalom, giant slalom or the combined. Her fourth-place training run on Thursday showed that her first downhill win since December 2017 was possible.

“I wasn’t expecting this today,” Shiffrin said of the first of back-to-back downhill days in Bansko, “and I’m not expecting it for tomorrow.

“I felt a little bit nervous for this race because the last time I was on my downhill skis was in Lake Louise [in early December], so it felt like a really long time ago. I felt a little bit strange on my skis yesterday.”

Shiffrin, with her tour-leading fifth win this season, moved two shy of recently retired Austrian Marcel Hirscher for fourth place on the career list. Ingemar Stenmark (86 wins) and Lindsey Vonn (82) hold the top two spots.

Shiffrin and the world’s top racers tackle another Bansko downhill on Saturday (4:15 a.m. ET) and a super-G on Sunday (3:15 a.m.) on NBC Sports Gold.

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Lindsey Vonn loses super-G standings lead, closes in on another record (video)

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Lindsey Vonn gave up her World Cup super-G standings lead by finishing third in Bansko, Bulgaria, on Monday.

Vonn was .28 of a second behind Austrian winner Anna Fenninger, who passed Vonn in the super-G standings. Fenninger leads the American by 32 points with three scheduled super-Gs left this season. Vonn still controls her own destiny in the race for that discipline title.

“Any time you’re on the podium, it’s good,” Vonn told media in Bansko.

Slovenian Tina Maze was second Monday, .16 behind, repeating the World Championships super-G podium order from Feb. 3.

Austrian Nicole Hosp was fourth. The top four women were, in order, the last four (and only) active World Cup overall winners.

Vonn, a four-time World Cup overall champ, made a World Cup podium for the 110th time in her career. She matched retired Austrian Renate Goetschl for second place among women and is now three behind women’s record holder Annemarie Moser-Proell. The overall record is 155, held by Swede Ingemar Stenmark.

Vonn, who plans to race at least through the 2018 Olympics, has 64 World Cup wins, two more than Moser-Proell’s women’s record and 22 behind Stenmark’s overall record.

Vonn reportedly complained of dangerous race conditions in Bansko during a super combined Sunday. She was 24th after the super-G run and opted not to ski the slalom run. Fog wreaked havoc on racing all weekend, canceling events Friday and Saturday and delaying Sunday’s event.

“The snow was really good [Monday],” Vonn said. “I’m definitely happier today than yesterday.”

The women’s Alpine skiing World Cup continues with a downhill and super-G in Garmish-Partenkirchen, Germany, on Saturday and Sunday.

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