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Mikaela Shiffrin scores her seventy fifth Levi Slalom World Cup victory

Mikaela Shiffrin scores her 75th Levi Slalom World Cup victory

Mikaela Shiffrin kicked off the 2022-23 World Cup season in style with her fifth Levi Slalom win on Saturday (November 19).

The two-time Olympic champion danced in ecstasy at the finish after moving up from third place in the first heat to claim the 75th World Cup victory of her career.

She has won races in each of the last 11 seasons, equaling the women’s record jointly held by Wrenia Schneider (1984/85-1994/95) and Renate Gotschl (1996/97-2006/07).

Shiffrin won by 0.16s from the Swede Anna Swenn Larsson with the current Olympic slalom champion of Slovakia Petr Vlhova – Levi’s second five-time slalom winner – another 0.04s behind third place.

German Lena Durr she had an unfortunate repeat of the 2022 Beijing Olympics where she was leading after the first run, finishing fourth. Her only World Cup win came at the City Event in Moscow in January 2013.

The women’s alpine skiing season was delayed by two false starts caused by the weather, so it was a relief for everyone to start the first race.

Shiffrin and Vlhova will battle for Levi’s record-breaking sixth slalom victory on Sunday.

The 27-year-old American later told the FIS: “I felt fine. My skiing, especially on the second pass, was very good. I made the correction I wanted to make and… it just feels very nice. I’m excited to be skiing again tomorrow.

“We are finally racing and it’s actually quite a spectacular race, starting in very nice conditions.”

“Today was a really good day. It wasn’t easy, I was a bit nervous, but in the end I was able to ski the way I wanted.” – Mikaela Shiffrin

Planning a Shiffrin Key race?

It may be just the beginning, but Shiffrin’s re-scheduling for racing this season seems to be paying off.

Instead of traveling so often between events, Shiffrin and her team decided to spend more time at each venue before the races. The American spent her first time in Levi 10 days before the season opener, which is an ominous decision for her rivals, including main rival Vlhova.

The Slovakian loves the track, having competed here in both races last year, but the Olympic champion could not challenge her main rival for the Crystal Globe this time, despite her second run.

The duo has completely dominated Levi over the years with the two-time Olympic champion from Slovenia Tina Maze the last woman outside of Vlhova and Shiffrin to win here in 2014.

Reindeer Award

The defending World Cup overall champion now has five career victories in Lapland to match last year’s slalom winner Vlhova.

This means that the pair has 10 reindeer between them because, unique to the event, each winner “receives” one of the furry beasts as a prize. The animals remain in Lapland, but the skiers give them names.

Shiffrin named her 2019 award Ingemar after the Swedish tech legend Ingemar Stenmark whose record of 86 World Cup victories remains an all-time record.

Great American Lindsey Vonn he is second on the list with 82 ahead of Shiffrin at 75.

Records don’t interest Shiffrin, as Olympics told in an exclusive interview last month, but she has every chance of overtaking Vonn this season.

After making her World Cup debut at the age of 15, the Colorado native is on her way to becoming the most successful female skier in World Cup history.

Women’s Alpine Ski World Cup results – Levi:

1. Mikaela Shiffrin (USA) 1:51.25
2. Anna Swenn Larsson (SWE) 1:51,41
3. Petra Vlhova (SVK) 1:51.45
4. Lena Duerr (Germany) 1:52.00
5. Wendy Holdener (SUI) 1:52.04
6. Ana Bucik (SLO) 1:52.46
7. Sarah Hector (SWE) 1:52,57
8. Thea Louise Stjernesund (NOR) 1:52,63
9. Hanna Aronsson Elfman (Sweden) 1:52.69
10. Leona Popovi? (Croatia) 1:52.95

For full results see here.

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