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Soldeu, Andorra — Mikaela Shiffrin closed out the season with another record for America’s standout as she won her 21st career giant slalom in the World Cup final on Sunday.
With the win, Shiffrin overtook Brennie Schneider a week after matching the Swiss skier’s mark of 20 giant slalom wins at the World Cup. The American has won seven of his last eight events and won the giant slalom world title last month.
The overall men’s and women’s records are held by Swedish great Ingemar Stenmark, who won the giant slalom 46 times in the 1970s and 80s.
When asked about her next record potential in a trackside interview conducted by her boyfriend and World Cup downhill champion Alexander Armot Kilde, Shiffrin laughed, “I don’t know. Tell me.” Told. “Keep going straight”
When Kilde asked her about her plans to improve for next season, Shiffrin joked, “We can discuss that in private later.”
Shiffrin has won the overall, slalom and giant slalom titles this season, extending his record for most wins to 88.
On Sunday, Shiffrin also set a personal best of 2,206 World Cup points from 31 starts this season. This is her 2 points more than her 2018–19 tally, in which she appeared in her 26 races.
Only one skier has scored more points in one season. Slovenian great Tina his Mays finished the 2012-13 season with 2,414.
Sunday’s result also marked Shiffrin’s 138th career World Cup podium, surpassing former teammate Lindsay Vonn’s 137th.
But for Shiffrin, her personal favorite record came nine years ago.
Shiffrin, who was 18 when she won her first Olympic gold medal at Sochi 2014, said: “It was a long time ago, but I still feel motivated today. I still have that nervousness. I was really nervous at first…because I want to do well.And I don’t care about the record. . I just want to do it.
Shiffrin maintained her first-run lead as the sun poured down on the Avett course, trailing Thea Louise Sternesund by 0.06 seconds. The Norwegian scored his first podium of his career.
Canadian skier Valerie Grenier finished third, 0.20 ahead of Shiffrin.
Three of the top seven racers failed to complete their first run as Saturday’s slalom winner Petra Vlhova, Federica Brignone and Olympic champion Sarah Hector all missed the gate.
Two-time former world champion Tessa Worley finished 11th in what she said would be the last race of her career. The French giant, his slalom specialist, has won his three-season title with 16 races, most recently winning last year’s title.