The Associated Press KRANJSKA GORA, Slovenia (AP) — Two months before turning 23, Mikaela Shiffrin has already won half as many World Cup races as the winningest female ski racer of all time, American teammate Lindsey Vonn.
While the 33-year-old Vonn added her 78th career win at a super-G in France last month, Shiffrin earned her 39th victory at a giant slalom on Saturday.
“Ha, so much math,” Shiffrin told The Associated Press, and laughed. “To be honest, I am not really counting. It’s cool to think, maybe I can get 41 this season, or maybe 45. But if I start to think about records or numbers then it just makes me nervous.”
Only Annemarie Moser-Proell (41) and Ingemar Stenmark (40) won more races before they turned 23 in the 1970s.
On Saturday, Shiffrin stretched her winning streak for 2018 to three races, becoming the first female skier with three straight wins at the start of a year since Vreni Schneider of Switzerland achieved the feat in 1989.
“I am just having a blast racing and I wanted to keep that momentum going,” she said. “When I go on the starting gate every race, I am thinking I want to be confident. I want to show the people watching this that I am confident with my skiing and that I am being aggressive.”
Suffering from a cold, Shiffrin lost more than half a second of a big first-run lead but still beat world GS champion Tessa Worley of France by 0.31 seconds.