El Dorado News-Times
Shiffrin sets World Cup skiing record with 87th win
ARE, Sweden (AP) — Two minutes after earning her 87th career win, Mikaela Shiffrin finally understood the significance of setting the record for most World Cup victories.
In the middle of the awards ceremony, a man in a red jacket unexpectedly stepped forward from the crowd and that was the moment Shiffrin first realized what it all meant to her.
It was her brother, Taylor, who had secretly flown in to Sweden and now came over to hug her.
“I've said it the whole time, I don't know how to define that,” Shiffrin said about the record. “But when you have these special moments ... seeing my brother and (sister-in-law) Kristi and my mom (and coach, Eileen) in the finish today, that's what makes it memorable.” Shiffrin set the outright World Cup record for most career victories by winning a slalom Saturday, breaking a tie with Ingemar Stenmark on the all-time overall winners list between men and women. The Swede competed in the 1970s and 80s.
Shiffrin had matched Stenmark's mark of 86 wins with victory in a giant slalom Friday.
“Pretty hard to comprehend,” said Shiffrin, who crouched and rested her head on her knees after finishing the final run. Runner-up Wendy Holdener of Switzerland and third-place home favorite Anna Swenn Larsson came over to congratulate her.
“My brother and sister-in-law are here and I didn't know they were coming, that makes this so special,” Shiffrin said. “They flew here for this. I don't know how they did it, I don't know how they got here.”
The victory gave Shiffrin the outright record 12 years to the day after her first race on the World Cup, as a 15-year-old at a GS in Spindleruv Mlyn, Czech Republic.
In a course-side interview, Shiffrin said she's “so proud of the team, this whole season” for being ”strong and positive" and “having the right goals.”
Shiffrin set the record less than a month after her head coach, Mike Day, left the team in the second week of the world championships in France.
Day's departure, however, has not affected Shiffrin's achievements, as she next won GS gold and slalom silver at the worlds.