Alpine skiing: Shiffrin passes heroine Schild with record 36th World Cup slalom win

(Reuters) – American Mikaela Shiffrin became the women’s all-time World Cup leader in slalom wins, surpassing childhood heroine Marlies Schild with her 36th career victory in Semmering, Austria, on Saturday.

‘Marlies for me is always going to be the best,’ Shiffrin, who also became the first ski racer in history to win 15 World Cup races in a single calendar year, told reporters.

‘I wouldn’t be where I am without being able to watch her… yeah, (the record) is incredible, but she deserves that spot in my mind. If I can inspire any young athlete as much as (Schild) inspired me, then I did my job in this sport.’

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  • Date: 2018-12-29T18:08:44+0000
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Alpine skiing: Shiffrin passes heroine Schild with record 36th World Cup slalom win

Starting fifth in the first run, the 23-year-old Shiffrin took a 0.48-second lead over Petra Vlhova, who won Slovakia’s first World Cup giant slalom on Friday.

Vlhova skied a strong second run to take the lead, which forced Shiffrin to take some risks as the final starter on the softening track.

‘First run felt quite good, second run was more of a battle,’ Shiffrin said of her 51st World Cup victory.

Vlhova settled for her fifth second-place result in slalom this season, 0.29 seconds back, while Wendy Holdener of Switzerland was third with a gap of 0.38.

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How to watch Mikaela Shiffrin ski for history this weekend

Mikaela Shiffrin’goes for the World Cup slalom wins record, live as part of NBC Sports’ coverage of winter sports this weekend.

Shiffrin, the double Olympic champion, has been on a tear in 2018, racking up a record-tying 14 World Cup wins for one year, including her last five starts. She is up to 50 career World Cup victories (youngest of the eight skiers to reach the milestone) and last lost Dec. 1.

The current win streak includes two super-Gs, a giant slalom, a slalom and a parallel slalom (she also skipped a downhill and super-G in Italy last week).

She is the favorite for Friday’s giant slalom and Saturday’s slalom in Semmering, Austria, streaming live on NBC Sports Gold.

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