Mikaela Shiffrin is one win away from Lindsey Vonn’s file after 81st World Cup victory


American snowboarding star Mikaela Shiffrin is one win away from equaling Lindsey Vonn’s file of 82 World Cup wins after taking victory within the slalom competitors in Zagreb, Croatia, on Wednesday.

That was Shiffrin’s fifth consecutive win – and he or she won’t be completed but. With one other slalom in Zagreb scheduled for Thursday, the 27-year-old may match compatriot Vonn’s file and safe her place in snowboarding historical past.

Shiffrin can also be solely 5 wins away from equaling the general file for World Cup wins, at the moment held by Sweden’s Ingemar Stenmark.

“I’m incredibly happy,” mentioned Shiffrin after her victory in difficult situations. “I had a lot enjoyable snowboarding immediately. It was actually my finest snowboarding (on) each runs.

“Nothing less than the best is going to work. I was taking all the risks I needed and made it to the finish. It’s just an amazing feeling when it’s good enough.”

After taking a 0.23-second lead within the first run, Shiffrin mastered the softening, slushy snow in Zagreb on her second run to complete 0.76 seconds forward of Slovakia’s Petra Vlhová, the Olympic slalom champion, and 1.21 seconds forward of Sweden’s Anna Swenn Larsson.

Shiffrin’s profitable streak stretches again to the Tremendous G competitors in St. Moritz, Switzerland, on December 18, after which she recorded victories within the large slalom (twice) and slalom in Semmering, Austria.

The one feminine skiers to win extra consecutive races are Switzerland’s Vreni Schneider, who gained eight in a row between 1988 and 1989, and Germany’s Katja Seizinger, who gained six in a row in 1997.

Shiffrin’s latest kind is a outstanding turnaround from the beginning of final yr when the three-time Olympic medalist did not get on the rostrum on the Beijing Video games.

With 5 slalom wins in her previous 5 races, Shiffrin was the sturdy favourite to win Thursday’s race on the identical monitor, earlier than excessive temperatures and wind canceled the occasion.

The primary run had been resulting from begin at 3 p.m. native time (9 a.m. Jap Time) and the second at 6 p.m. (12 p.m. ET).