(Reuters) – American Mikaela Shiffrin moved into joint second on the all-time list of women’s World Cup victories when she dominated the slalom event in Killington, Vermont, on Sunday.
Shiffrin posted her fourth consecutive Killington slalom victory, triumphing by more than two seconds for her 62nd career victory, matching the total of Austrian Annemarie Moser-Proell who retired from racing in 1980.
The 24-year-old Shiffrin still has a long road to surpass fellow American Lindsey Vonn’s record of 82 victories but the speed with which she is piling up wins suggests it will not take her long.
Shiffrin’s 42nd slalom victory also increased her record in her specialist event, putting her two wins ahead of Swedish great Ingemar Stenmark.
Across both sexes, Stenmark leads the overall list with 86 victories — 46 in giant slalom and 40 in slalom. Shiffrin is equal fourth.
On Sunday, treacherous, icy conditions contributed to nearly half the field failing to finish.
Leading by more than a second after the first run, Shiffrin safely negotiated her second run, beating Slovakian Petra Vlhova by 2.29 seconds. Swede Anna Swenn Larsson was third, 2.73 seconds back.
“That was a big fight. I was on the limit every single turn,” Shiffrin said after soaking up cheers from the large crowd on another cold day in New England.
(Reporting by Andrew Both in Cary, North Carolina; editing by Clare Fallon)