Shiffrin must wait to emulate Vonn’s record…for time

Mikaela Shiffrin looks straight into history. The mighty 27-year-old American skier is just one World Cup victory away from equaling her compatriot Lindsey Vonn’s women’s record of 82. In the first slalom in Zagreb he achieved an undisputed victory in what was the 81st, the 51st in slalom. Everything was ready for the tie to take place in the second meeting in the Croatian city… but the positive double-digit temperatures and the strong wind canceled the test despite the fact that the organizers did the impossible to adapt Sljeme, the local mountain.

Logical disappointment before a historic day for the local fans and enthusiasm for the Slovenians who will have Shiffrin on Saturday and Sunday in two separate slaloms in Kranjska Gora in which he could equal Vonn and even surpass her to get even closer to the absolute record held by the legendary Swede Ingemar Stenmark with 86 World Cup victories. “Records are not equaled, they are broken,” says the Colorado-born skier who admits she has never talked about it with Vonn: “We never really talked about it. Lindsey wished me a Happy New Year and she told me that she was in a hurry to see me ski; I returned the congratulations.”

Of course, the double Olympic champion does not seem very concerned: “I have a different approach than most, I don’t care about numbers. The important thing is that I am happy with my sports career, which is still legendary and is in the history books. I always want to win, but if the 81st was the last win of my career, it will be fine for me.

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ATHLETES WITH THE BEST SUCCESS PERCENTAGE

OrderSportsmanWins/TitlesparticipationsPercentage
one.Ingemar Stenmark (ski)862300.374
2.Mikaela Shiffrin (skiing812310.351
3.Novak Djokovic (tennis)912790.326
Four.Serena Williams (tennis)732400.304
5.Rafael Nadal (tennis)923040.303
6.Roger Federer (tennis)1033670.281
7.Tiger Woods (golf)823710.221
8.Lindsey Vonn (ski)823950.208
9.Jack Nickaus (golfing)735950.123

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