Shiffrin claims 78th World Cup win, closes record – SABC News

American Mikaela Shiffrin claimed her 78th World Cup victory in the giant slalom in Semmering, Austria on Tuesday, closing to within four of compatriot Lindsey Vonn’s women’s record of 82.

Shiffrin clocked a total time of two minutes, 7.18 seconds to beat Slovakia’s Petra Valhova by 0.13 and Italy’s Marta Bassino by 0.31.

“It’s always nerve-racking,” Shiffrin said. “You hope you’re in the right shape and you can bring the right intensity from the start and I felt really good today.

“So I’m just pushing, second was a bit wild at times but I felt like the skis were moving and I’m really enjoying racing here.”

Shiffrin’s last victory in the event came just over a year ago, in Courchevel, France in preparation for the Beijing Olympics.

The 27-year-old has collected four wins this season and leads the overall World Cup standings by 205 points from Italy’s Sofia Godzha.

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