Shiffrin already has more World Cup victories than Vonn did all by herself.


Shiffrin already has more World Cup victories than Vonn did all by herself. Alpine skier Mikaela Shiffrin hates it when people use the term “GOAT” (greatest of all time) to discuss sportsmen.

Most importantly, when I hear the word “goat,” a natural goat immediately comes to mind. She referred to a viral video set to Taylor Swift’s “I Knew You Were Trouble” and stated, “Like the screaming goat on Instagram.”

According to an interview Shiffrin gave the U.S. Ski and Snowboard team, she doesn’t like the phrase “breaking records” either. That phrase, “resetting records,” really appeals to me. Athletes can’t top their predecessors’ accomplishments.

Shiffrin will have to get used to being labeled the GOAT after she broke the record for most women’s World Cup wins on Tuesday in Italy. It’s because she is.

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The 27-year-old from Colorado has continued her incredible comeback after a disappointing showing at the Beijing Olympics. She went 0 for five individually and 0 for six overall and felt like “a joke.” With her giant slalom victory at Kronplatz in South Tyrol, Italy, she racked up win number 83 in her World Cup career.

According to the Associated Press, Shiffrin was first at the Kronplatz resort in the Italian Dolomites. She finished 0.45 seconds ahead of world champion Lara Gut-Behrami and 1.43 seconds ahead of home favorite and past overall champion Federica Brignone.

Shiffrin now has more World Cup victories than any woman, surpassing Lindsey Vonn of the United States. Ingemar Stenmark, a Swedish legend, has a record with 86 goals.

Shiffrin said Tuesday after her record-setting triumph, “I don’t think there are words to convey all the feelings.” Finally, it feels like there needs to be more enthusiasm to handle. I’m still determining whether I will follow you there. That means it’s unexplainable. Thus, I relax and take pleasure in the moment.

When comparing their skiing styles, Vonn and Shiffrin couldn’t be more different: Vonn was a reckless speed maniac who regularly crashed into barriers. She did exceptionally well in the downhill and super-G, the two fastest events. Shiffrin is the only skier to have won a race in all six World Cup disciplines: downhill, super-G, slalom, giant slalom, combined, and parallel slalom. Her excellent technique makes her particularly successful in challenging races.

With her victory in giant slalom at World Cup Race No. 233 in Kranjska Gora, Slovenia, on January 8, Shiffrin tied Vonn’s record of 82 wins. To get there, Vonn had to compete in 395 races. On January 10 in Austria, Shiffrin made her first effort at overtaking Vonn in a slalom, and she placed second.

From the start, I did not doubt that she would be the one to shatter every previous record. Vonn noted as much in a diary entry for the Associated Press about her accomplishments at an early age.

“My ultimate goal was to break Ingemar Stenmark’s men’s record of 86 wins, but the injuries I experienced made that impossible. Nothing can stop her now. Stenmark isn’t necessarily the standard. The bar has been raised, and now we must see how far she can go.

When Shiffrin caught up to Vonn’s win total, she let out a shriek of joy, releasing the tension she said had caused a rash on her face. However, she broke down in tears on the trophy podium because she was reminded of her father, Jeff, who passed away in February 2020 from brain injuries he sustained in a fall in Colorado.

An anesthesiologist by day and an amateur photographer by night, 65-year-old Jeff Shiffrin was well-known for his photographs of his daughter throughout her World Cup travels. He advised her, “If you ever win, you better sing the Star-Spangled Banner,” just before she won the World Cup in 2012. She continued, “I always think of him while I’m up there.”

She fell into a deep depression after he died. Leaving was an option she explored. She said in a 2021 interview on “Today” that she “didn’t really feel like it was worth it to care about anything” and that “so it seemed like I’m not going to ski race again because the most fundamental thing of an athlete is that you have to care about your sport and you have do care about doing well at your sport.” She admitted that she “just didn’t.” Her fervor returned to her gradually.

She went into the 2014 Olympics in Sochi with high hopes, and she came away with a gold medal in the slalom, a silver in the giant slalom, and a silver in the combined. She placed ninth in the super-G, eighteenth in the downhill, and skied out on the first run of the combined event’s giant slalom and slalom events for reasons she still can’t understand. She helped the United States to a fourth-place result in the mixed-team parallel event.

The combined incident left her feeling that she had “failed wonderfully in the moments that counted,” She later added, “There’s going to be a big chaotic tangle of trash that people are saying about how I just fantastically failed.” “I don’t have any emotional energy to contribute anymore, so it’s extremely bizarre, but I’m not even terrified of it right now.”

However, she was still motivated enough to compete in the World Cup circuit and won her fourth overall title following the Olympics. It’s not the first time she’s taken the helm as a leader.

Despite her disappointing Olympic performance, Shiffrin refused to let her failures define her. She dusted herself off and got back up, this time more resilient than ever. DOGS act in such a manner.