American alpine skiier Mikaela Shiffrin equals Lindsey Vonn’s record, winning her 82nd World Cup event in Slovenia

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American alpine skiier Mikaela Shiffrin equals Lindsey Vonn’s record, winning her 82nd World Cup event in Slovenia

Emotions came pouring out of Mikaela Shiffrin after the ski queen’s great achievement in matching American compatriot Lindsey Vonn’s all-time women’s World Cup ski wins record, with her 82nd triumph.

First, there was a scream of delight after a serious case of nerves that had been building inside her throughout the day.

Then came tears during the playing of the American anthem when Shiffrin’s thoughts turned to her father, Jeff, who died three years ago.

“My dad used to be there and taking pictures. Most races these days I’ll think about him and I’m able to kind of refocus,” Shiffrin said at the Slovenian resort of Kranjska Gora.

“But when I’m singing the national anthem, it’s different.

“It was just before I ever won my first World Cup, he said, ‘You better memorise the words of the national anthem, because if you ever win, you better sing it’.

An alpine skiier holds a trophy during a ceremony as a tear runs down her cheek.
The tears flowed for Mikaela Shiffrin as the national anthem played after her record-equalling World Cup win in Slovenia.(Getty Images: Agence Zoom/Christophe Pallot)

“And so I always think about him when I’m up there.”

Shiffrin led from start to finish, to win a giant slalom by a large margin and can now break Vonn’s mark in a night slalom scheduled for Flachau, Austria, on Tuesday.

“I was so nervous this run. I have a rash on my face I was so nervous,” Shiffrin said. “I don’t know why, maybe a little bit was because of 82. I just really wanted to ski well, and I did.”

Where other skiers struggled on a dark, bumpy and unusually steep course, Shiffrin made it all look straightforward and smooth.

A skiier leans into a corner and tries to control her turn as a spray of snow shavings fly in the air.
Mikaela Shiffrin earned her eighth World Cup victory of the season and is four short of Ingemar Stenmark’s overall record of 86 wins.(Getty Images: Agence Zoom/Christophe Pallot)

Already with eight wins this season, Shiffrin is also quickly approaching Ingemar Stenmark’s overall record — between men and women — of 86 victories.

Vonn said: “If anyone is to break my record, I’m really happy that it’s an American.”

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