Mikaela Shifrin tied Lindsey Vonn’s female record with her 137th career Alpine ski World Cup podium. She took third in the slalom at Saturday’s World Cup Finals in Andorra.
Shiffrin raced for the second time after breaking Ingemar Stemar‘s career Alpine World Cup wins records last Saturday. She finished 86ths behind Olympic champion Petra Vlhovaof Slovakia.
Shiffrin finished fourth after the first run. After the first run, the top two finishers remained in the same order. Vlhova was followed by LeonaPopovic (the best World Cup finish for any Croatian woman in 16-years).
“Every race I feel the weight having to be the best in the entire world, no matter what day it is, which is actually quite an honor, but some days it can be quite heavy,” Shiffrin stated according the International Ski Federation. It didn’t feel heavy today. It felt like a great opportunity.”
Sixteen of the 22 skiers made it to the second run on soft powder.
Shiffrin was 14th in the super-G race she ran at the season-ending Finals. This is not her primary event.
Shiffrin was awarded her 137th podium in her 248th race. This means that she has been in the top three of 55 percent of her World Cup races since her debut in 2011, when she was 15 years old.
Only the Swede Stenmark (155) or Austrian Marcel Hirscher (138) have more Alpine World Cup podiums.
Shiffrin has a chance to break the tie she shares with Vonn in Sunday’s giant ski slalom. This race will be broadcast live on peacock.
Shiffrin broke Vonn’s record for female career wins of 82 in January and won the season titles in the overall and GS before the Finals.
Also Saturday, Swiss Marco Odermatt won by 2.11 seconds the men’s giant slalom — the largest margin in any men’s World Cup race in 4 years — to earn his 13th World Cup win this season and tie the single-season record for men.
He also scored 2,042 points, breaking the Austrian Hermann Maier men’s record for 2,000 points in a single season (1999-2000).
The overall record for Slovenian Tina Maze is 2,414 points, which was set in 2012-13.
After winning the World Cup Finals super G, Odermatt stated, according FIS. “Today was difficult because of those damned 2,000 points. I wanted to be on the podium today. Another victory, two seconds ahead of me, I don’t know what else to say.”
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