At 22 years of age, EagleVail’s Mikaela Shiffrin is now all alone in eighth place on the all-time women’s World Cup victory list with 34 wins after claiming a giant slalom by nearly a full second in Courchevel, France, Tuesday.
Shiffrin’s third win of the season clinched an Olympic berth for the 2018 Pyeongchange Winter Games, and made the 2014 slalom gold medalist a favorite to also claim a GS medal. Shiffrin also has wins in slalom and downhill this season.
The victory pushed Shiffrin into second place on the all-time victory list for Americans, breaking a tie with retired men’s superstar Bode Miller. Shiffrin now trails only Vail’s Lindsey Vonn, the all-time women’s leader with 78 wins.
Vonn, 33, had won six World Cup races at Shiffrin’s age.
Coming off a victory in a super-G in Val d’Isere, France, on Saturday, Vonn skipped Sunday’s race with a sore knee and also did not compete in Tuesday’s GS.
Shiffrin beat out GS world champion Tessa Worley of France by a combined two-run time of .99 seconds on Tuesday.
“I’ve been feeling better and better with my GS. But sometimes I get to the race and I get nervous,” Shiffrin told the Associated Press between runs of GS. “I got a little bit mad in the start gate and a little bit angry. It was aggressive, so it was a good mentality.”
Tuesday marked just the fifth GS win of Shiffrin’s career, with most of her victories coming in slalom.
“It was a bit scrappy at some points, but that was the tactic today,” Shiffrin said. “I tried to be really aggressive, and almost went off the course a couple times. It was a really straight second run, so I was like ‘OK, you gotta take advantage of that!’ I’m really excited that I fought for it!”
The defending overall World Cup Champion has totaled 621 points so far this season following Tuesday’s win. Germany’s Viktoria Rebensburg, who won the first two giant slalom races of the season, fell further behind in second following a 14th-place finish.
Shiffrin also moved into the overall giant slalom World Cup lead Tuesday with 225 points. Rebensburg is second with 218 points. She also leads the overall downhill and slalom World Cup standings.
“Right now, I’m really enjoying skiing every discipline,” Shiffrin said. “Normally, if I ski slalom, I want to ski GS, if I ski GS I want to ski downhill or super-G. So right now I’m really enjoying it when I’m doing it, and that’s a fun place to be.”