Mikaela Shiffrin won Saturday’s Women’s Slalom World Cup in Levi, Finland, earning her 48th career slalom win and 75th overall World Cup win. Shiffrin’s victory adds to her record for the most wins in a single event among all skiers, and also allowed her to surpass the record previously held by Lindsey Vonn.
After placing third in her first run, American Shiffrin came out on top with the fastest second run, beating Sweden’s Anna Svenn Larsson by 0.16 seconds. Slovak Petra Vlhova, the 2022 Olympic slalom champion, finished 4 hundredths of a second in third place. Lena Duerr from Germany and Wendy Holdener from Switzerland rounded out the top five.
Shiffrin’s 48th career win also marked her 67th podium finish in slalom, giving her the most wins by any figure skater in women’s singles. The record was previously held by Vaughn, whose mark of 66 has now been surpassed.
“I’m very happy with today’s feeling,” Shiffrin said. in an Associated Press report. “I’ve been racing for so many years now and every race I’ve won has had a special meaning.”
With his 75th World Championship win, Shiffrin is currently third on the all-time win list, behind only Vonn (82) and the legendary Ingemar Stenmark (86). Saturday also marked another season-opening triumph for either Shiffrin or Vlhova, as they traded victories in that competition every year since 2015. The last skier other than these two to win the opening of the season was Tina Maze in 2014.
Saturday’s slalom came after four previous Women’s World Cup races were canceled due to unseasonably warm weather. The original opening of the season, which was scheduled for October 22 in Sölden, Austria, has been moved to the end of December in Semmering.