Mikaela Shiffrin cemented her declare as the most effective American Alpine skier ever by profitable her record-breaking sixth world championship on Monday.
Shiffrin received the mixed occasion in Cortina d’Ampezzo, Italy, to succeed in the milestone. Opening with a 3rd place within the super-G portion of the occasion, she tore down an icy course in her specialty, the slalom, making up a small deficit to win by 0.86 of a second.
“For certain it was a tricky slalom,” Shiffrin instructed reporters. “So I’m actually completely happy I acquired down with a very good run.”
The worlds are the final main championship earlier than the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics, which start in lower than a yr.
It has been a difficult 12 months for Shiffrin. In February, her father, Jeff, died in an accident on the household’s dwelling in Colorado. Shiffrin raced dwelling from Europe, the place she was competing, after which took six weeks off.
She was nearly to start her return to the World Cup tour when the snowboarding season was canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic. Because of the missed races, Shiffrin was unable to assert a fourth straight World Cup title.
“If you’re sitting on a aircraft attempting to get dwelling to see your dad who’s dying, that’s the epitome of what’s price worrying about,” she stated within the fall. “Every part else pales as compared, particularly worrying if I’m going to win a race or not.”
Shiffrin, 25, is just the second American girl to win the mixed on the world championships, after Tamara McKinney in 1989. Shiffrin had beforehand received 4 slalom golds and one super-G on the worlds. These 5 titles had tied her with Ted Ligety, who announced his retirement last week, for essentially the most by an American.
She has 9 world championship medals over all, additionally an American file. Solely three girls and three males have received extra.
“I’ve performed some issues no one’s performed earlier than, for certain,” Shiffrin stated in a post-race television interview on Monday. “I’ve at all times been attempting to only push the restrict, push my very own restrict first, then attempting to push the restrict within the sport. I really feel like, on my actually good days, I’m doing that.”
Petra Vlhova of Slovakia received the silver medal on Monday and Michelle Gisin of Switzerland the bronze.
Shiffrin won’t be performed including medals to her file whole. Nonetheless to come back are the large slalom on Thursday, adopted by the slalom, which Shiffrin has received 4 straight instances, on Saturday.