Figure skating star Michaela Shiffrin surprised herself with her latest history record. “It’s hard to explain. It means something to me, of course, but I didn’t know it,” said the American after winning the slalom at home in Killington, 46th in her major, on the ORF.
The 26-year-old tied with Ingmar Stenmark: the once-great Swede also racked up 46 consecutive victories on a single field, albeit in a giant slalom. “This is something special,” said Shiffrin, “for a long time it was thought that Ingemar Stenmark’s record could never be broken. That’s really cool.”
Third on the ‘all-time’ leaderboard is former Speed Queen Lindsey Vonn (USA) with 43 World Cup wins on the downhill. Then again follows Stenmark, who has had 40 slalom successes. No one else has broken this mark, neither with women nor men.
Shiffrin was overwhelmed after her fifth-ever slalom victory in Killington/Vermont. During the winner’s interview, she couldn’t utter a single word at first and cried uncontrollably.
She later said, “I have so many amazing memories of this race, and I’ve shared it with my family and the people I love. But two of them didn’t stay here this year, so it’s emotional.” Shiffrin lost her grandmother Pauline for the first time in October 2019 and her father Jeff in February 2020.
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