Mikaela Shiffrin win streak ends, can subsequent tie Lindsey Vonn on Sunday

KRANJSKA GORA, Slovenia — The frustration on Mikaela Shiffrin’s face — mouth agape in obvious disappointment adopted by pursed lips — lasted all of about 60 seconds.

By the point the cameras moved off Shiffrin and onto the following competitor, the American had regained her smile and was rapidly in a position to analyze the lofty expectations hanging over her regardless of ending in a tie for sixth in her first likelihood to match Lindsey Vonn’s ladies’s World Cup wins file.

“Actually, I don’t mind talking about it, and I’m not tired of it,” Shiffrin mentioned. “I’m just like, ‘It is what it is.’ Everybody is going to say ‘You have the chance to win 82 races and equalize the record’ every single race until I actually do it — if I do it.

“So it form of would not make a distinction. I nonetheless wish to exit and do my finest snowboarding day by day. And at the moment that was one of the best I might do. However perhaps I could make some enhancements for tomorrow.”

The giant slalom result Saturday ended a five-race winning streak for Shiffrin and left her with 81 career victories, one under Vonn’s mark of 82.

Shiffrin, who finished 1.33 seconds behind Canadian winner Valerie Grenier, could match Vonn in another giant slalom scheduled for the same course Sunday.

“You all the time need to have persistence conducting [anything],” Shiffrin said. “And I am not perhaps probably the most affected person individual, however in the important thing moments I’ve it as a result of what are you going to do?

“Now the streak is over and we just go back to square one and keep fighting for the top step of the podium.”

By no means one to hunt an excessive amount of consideration, does Shiffrin simply wish to get the file carried out with and out of her approach?

“I wouldn’t say it’s something that you just get done,” she mentioned. “It’s hard to win races. And what I want to do along the way is feel really proud of my skiing and what I accomplished actually with my turns. And I think people get sick and tired of hearing that. But that’s the only thing that gives me something back in the sport, because the record talk doesn’t give anything to me except pressure.”

Grenier gained by a cushty margin for her first profession victory by posting the quickest time in each runs. Marta Bassino completed second, 0.37 behind for her seventh straight podium lead to large slalom, and Petra Vlhova got here third, 0.40 behind, for her seventh podium end of the season — none of which have been victories.

Shiffrin stood fifth after the opening run however had solely the 18th-fastest second run.

“The thing that stands out in my mind was just one turn. I went quite wide on this second run, but I don’t think that turn was what cost me so much,” Shiffrin mentioned. “So I have to look at the final pitch and also just think about what I can do to be more aggressive. But the most important thing is also just to get some energy back.”

Already with seven wins this season, Shiffrin can also be rapidly approaching Ingemar Stenmark’s total file, in males’s or ladies’s competitors, of 86 victories.

Vonn retired 4 years in the past when accidents ended her pursuit of Stenmark’s file.

Grenier’s finest finishes in her 89 earlier World Cup races had been fourth on this race final yr and fourth in a super-G in Cortina d’Ampezzo, Italy, in 2019.

Grenier gained three medals — a gold, a silver and a bronze — at junior worlds between 2015 and 2016. However she broke the tibia and fibula bones in her decrease proper leg in 2019.

“I had four breaks, and it just took a really long time to heal. So since the injury, I kind of focused more on giant slalom,” she mentioned. “I feel like finally everything is coming together and I’m finally skiing at my best.”

A Canadian girl hadn’t gained a World Cup large slalom since Kathy Kreiner in 1974. Kreiner went on to additionally win the occasion on the 1976 Innsbruck Olympics.

Canadian teammates mobbed Grenier within the end space to have a good time.

Grenier’s helmet includes a smiley face sticker within the form of an egg as a result of she is sponsored by the Egg Farmers of Ontario.

“I love eggs. I eat eggs every single day. I’m obsessed,” she mentioned. “So it’s the perfect sponsorship.”

Though there have been few, if any, Canadian or American followers lining the Podkoren 3 course close to the Italian border, there have been loads of spectators waving Slovenian and Slovakian flags.

The higher part was foggy through the first run, however visibility improved for the second leg and snow circumstances had been first rate.

American Nina O’Brien fell halfway down within the first run however didn’t look like significantly injured.