Two days before her 28th birthday, Mikaela Shiffrin became the greatest World Cup skier of all time.
Swedish legend Ingemar Stenmark was 32 when he won his 86th career race on the circuit, a record that stood for 34 years. Now that Shiffrin has 87 wins — with a four-year head-start on Stenmark — it’s any wonder what it might take for another skier to, one day, surpass that achievement.
The product of Vermont’s Burke Mountain Academy, Shiffrin continued her assault on the record books this winter with a weekend to remember in Åre, Sweden earlier this month. She won Friday’s giant slalom race by 0.64 seconds over Federica Brigone of Italy to give her 86 World Cup wins. That left her with a chance on Saturday to take the record in slalom, an event in which she’s claimed 53 of her 87 career victories.
Shiffrin won the slalom by 92 hundredths of a second over Wendy Holdener of Switzerland.