Mikaela Shiffrin officially became the queen of ski racing on Jan. 24, winning a giant slalom race in Kronplatz, Italy, for her 83rd World Cup victory, surpassing Lindsey Vonn for the most career wins by a woman. Win No. 84 came in another GS race the next day. She then made it three straight, and 11 for the season, with a slalom victory in Spindleruv Mlyn, Czech Republic, on Jan. 28.
The next day, Shiffrin came within six-hundredths of a second from a fourth-straight victory, one that would have pulled her level with Swedish legend Ingemar Stenmark for the most career World Cup victories.
Win No. 86 has been on hold, however, as the World Cup took a break with the FIS World Ski Championships held Feb. 6-19 at Courchevel and Meribel in France.
At only 27 years old, it is only a matter of when Shiffrin will record win No. 86 and then No. 87 to stand alone on the podium of racing legends. How far she goes after that is anyone’s guess as she regains her form, winning double-digit races for the first time since 2018-19, when she won a record 17.