It was less than five years ago (January of 2015) that Austrian ski-racing legend of the 70s and 80s Annemarie Moser-Proell was all alone at the top of the women’s World Cup career wins list with 62 victories.
Then Vail’s Lindsey Vonn tied and passed her with a dominant weekend in Cortina, Italy. Mikaela Shiffrin of Edwards is now tied with Moser-Proell and can move past her with a good showing this weekend in St. Moritz, Switzerland.
Vonn, now retired and a New Jersey resident, was 30 years old at the time she topped Moser-Proell in 2015. Vonn would go on to record another 19 World Cup wins and left the sport after last season with a women’s record of 82 career victories.
During that historic 2015 weekend in Cortina – site of the 2026 Winter Olympics – Edwards superstar Mikaela Shiffrin was just 19 years old but already the owner of 12 World Cup wins. The next month she would win slalom gold at the 2015 World Alpine Ski Championships at Beaver Creek; Vonn claimed a bronze in the super-G at that event.
Since 2015, Shiffrin has absolutely owned the sport, especially on the tech side (GS, slalom). She has 50 World Cup wins in that span of time, and at the age of 24 heads into this weekend’s action in St. Moritz tied with Moser-Proell at 62 career wins.
With two slalom victories already this season (Levi and Killington), plus a second-place finish in the downhill at Lake Louise, Canada, last weekend, Shiffrin is poised to move past Moser-Proell and build on her overall lead as she chases what would be an American record fourth straight World Cup title. Vonn won four overall globes but not all consecutively (Phil Mahre won three straight in the early 80s).
With a 10th-place finish last weekend in the Lake Louise super-G and another 10th in the first of two downhills there, Shiffrin is rounding into form in the speed events.
Last year in St. Moritz, Shiffrin won a super-G and parallel slalom for her fourth and fifth victories of the season on her way to an eventual single-season record of 17 wins. She’s a little behind that pace this season, but it’s early, and Shiffrin can catch up in a hurry.
Given Shiffrin is just a little under six years ahead of Vonn’s victory pace, it’s not at all inconceivable, barring injury, that Shiffrin will sail past Vonn’s all-time women’s record of 82 and even Swedish legend Ingemar Stenmark’s record of 86 career wins on the men’s side.