Lienz, Austria – December 30, 2023
American skiing sensation Mikaela Shiffrin has etched her name in the annals of skiing history, capping off a stellar 2023 by securing two consecutive victories in Lienz, Austria. This remarkable feat not only marked her 92nd and 93rd career World Cup wins but also solidified her status as the skier with the most World Cup victories in history, surpassing the legendary IngemarStenmark.
Shiffrin’s dominance was on full display as she triumphed in both the giant slalom and slalom events, showcasing unparalleled skill and precision on the slopes. The 28-year-old athlete’s victory margin in the slalom, an astounding 2.34 seconds, is a testament to her unparalleled prowess in the discipline.
In an interview with the FIS website after her slalom win on Friday, Shiffrin expressed her elation, stating, “Today was a very special day for me. I felt perfect on the skis so I’m super happy.”
During the giant slalom on Thursday, Shiffrin once again highlighted her strategic brilliance. After a commanding first run, she expertly navigated the second run to secure her victory. Her ability to adapt to different courses and execute flawless runs has been a hallmark of her success.
Reflecting on her achievements, Shiffrin remarked, “The last couple of years I was really building through the beginning of the season to this point, and somehow it clicks I guess.”
The slalom discipline has been particularly fruitful for Shiffrin this season, with an impressive podium finish in 12 out of her last 13 World Cup slalom events. Notably, her only deviation from the podium was a fourth-place finish in Levi, Finland, in November.
2023 stands out as one of Shiffrin’s most successful years, boasting a total of 13 World Cup wins. While this achievement is rivaled only by her remarkable 2019, in which she secured 15 World Cup victories, it marks a spectacular comeback for Shiffrin. The previous Winter Olympics in Beijing in 2022 saw her without a single medal and three races where she failed to finish.
Having clinched the overall World Cup standings last season, Shiffrin is once again leading the charts in this year’s World Cup, solidifying her position as one of the most accomplished and resilient athletes in the world of skiing. As she concludes the year on a triumphant note, Shiffrin’s remarkable journey continues to inspire fans and fellow athletes alike.