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Shiffrin win streak over amid Vonn chase

Mikaela Shiffrin’s pursuit of Lindsey Vonn’s women’s World Cup wins record was thwarted when she could only finish sixth in a giant slalom in Slovenia.

January 8, 2023
8 January 2023

Mikaela Shiffrin’s pursuit of Lindsey Vonn’s women’s World Cup wins record will go on for at least another day.

Shiffrin finished tied for sixth in a giant slalom at the Slovenian resort of Kranjska Gora on Saturday to end her winning streak at five races.

Shiffrin remains on 81 career wins — one victory away from Vonn’s mark of 82.

Valerie Grenier, of Canada, won the race by a comfortable margin for her first career victory by posting the fastest times in both runs. 

Marta Bassino finished second, 0.37 behind, and Petra Vlhova completed the podium, 0.40 behind.

Shiffrin, who finished 1.33 back, can still match Vonn in another giant slalom scheduled for the same course on Sunday.

“I don’t mind talking about it and I’m not tired of it,” Shiffrin said. 

“I’m just like, ‘It is what it is’. Everybody is going to say, ‘You have the chance to win 82 races and equalise the record’ every single race until I actually do it – if I do it.

“So it kind of doesn’t make a difference. I still want to go out and do my best skiing every day. And today that was the best I could do. But maybe I can make some improvements for tomorrow.”

Shiffrin stood fifth after the opening run but had only the 18th-fastest second run.

Already with seven wins this season, Shiffrin is also quickly approaching Ingemar Stenmark’s overall record — between men and women — of 86 victories.

Vonn retired four years ago when injuries ended her pursuit of Stenmark’s record.

Meanwhile, World Cup men’s leader Marco Odermatt delighted a delirious Swiss home crowd with an overwhelming victory at the prestigious Adelboden giant slalom.

Olympic champion Odermatt was fastest in both runs on the treacherous Chuenisbargli course as he won a fourth time from five season events in the discipline, the second year in a row in Adelboden, and the 17th time overall in the World Cup.

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