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Mikaela Shiffrin is the G.O.A.T. (Greatest Skier of All Time)

Updated: Feb 15

Mikaela Shiffrin G.O.A.T. US Ski Team. Atomic Ski
Mikaela Shiffrin. Picture: GEPA Pictures / Atomic Ski

On January 21, 2024, in Jasná, Mikaela Shiffrin scored her 95th World Cup victory, 82nd Slalom podium and 58th Slalom victory. No skier - male or female - has claimed as many World Cup victories in any discipline as Shiffrin in the Slalom. With Jasna's podium Shiffrin surpasses Ingemar Stenmark on the most World Cup podiums record in any discipline.

On December 29, 2023, the 28-year-old American ski Ace achieved in the ski resort of Hochstein in the mountains above the city of Lienz her 93 victory in the Alpine Ski World Cup.

In Lienz Mikaela Shiffrin gave two ski master classes in which she demonstrated once again that she is the best skier in the world and showed the qualities that have led her to break all imaginable records.

On Thursday, in the Giant Slalom, in a challenging slope possible thanks to artificial snow, and particularly icy in the first run, most people felt terrible. But not Shiffrin, she laid a flawless run to take the lead by 0.63 seconds and 1.63 over Federica Brignone who set the best time in the second run.

On Friday in the Slalom, Shiffrin's demonstration went one step further. She absolutely crushed the competition by taking a double victory in another masterclass setting the fastest time in both races winning by over two seconds. Lena Dürr finished in second place +2.34 seconds behind Shiffrin.

Mikaela Shiffrin is an all-rounder who has won races in all disciplines. In December 2018, in Lake Louise, 23-year-old Shiffrin became the first skier ever to win in all six FIS World Cup disciplines. The 28-year-old US skier has a record of 58 Slalom, 22 Giant Slalom, 5 Super-G, 4 Downhill, 3 City Events, 2 Parallel Slalom, and 1 Alpine Combined.

She finished on the podium 150 times in 267 Alpine Ski World Cup starts. Only Ingemar Stenmark (155), has claimed more podiums in the World Cup than Mikaela Shiffrin.

Mikaela Shiffrin has won 58 Slalom World Cup events and 22 Giant Slalom events.

In Levi in 2019, Mikaela surpassed Ingemar Stenmark's record of 40 slalom wins, making her the winningest Slalom skier of all time.

She achieved her first Giant Slalom victory in 2015 at the season-opener in Sölden. On March 19, 2023, Mikaela won the Giant Slalom in Soldeu and broke Vreni Schneider’s record of 20 Giant Slalom victories.

On December 18, 2022, Mikaela Shiffrin won her last World Cup Super-G in St. Moritz. Since 2015, she has started in 29 Super-G events, finishing on the podium in 10 of them, including 5 wins. Of Shiffrin's ten podiums in the Super-G, five were achieved in St. Moritz.

Mikaela Shiffrin once again climbed to the top of the podium in Downhill in St. Moritz last December 9. Since 2016, Shiffrin has started in 21 Downhill events, finishing on the podium in 7 of them including 4 victories, the first one in Lake Louise in December 2017.

Mikaela Shiffrin has won the Overall Crystal Globe five times: 2016-2017, 2017-2018, 2018-2019, 2021-2022, and 2022-2023. Only Marcel Hirscher (8), Annemarie Moser-Pröll (6) and Marc Girardelli (5) won the Overall World Cup at least five times. She goes past Lindsey Vonn as the American with the most Big Globes to her name.

In 2022-2023, Shiffrin clinched the Slalom title at Spindleruv Mlyn and the Giant Slalom Crystal Globe at Åre. In total, Shiffrin finished the winter season with a total of 15 Crystal Globes (5 Overall, 7 in Slalom, 2 in Giant Slalom, and 1 in Super-G).

Mikaela Shiffrin won three medals at the 47th Alpine World Ski Championships in Méribel and Courchevel. A gold medal in Giant Slalom, and two silver medals in the Super-G and the Slalom. That makes a total of 14 world championship medals, just one behind all-time leader German Christel Cranz (15), in 17 starts: seven golds, four silvers, and three bronze medals.

Mikaela Shiffrin was born on March 13, 1995, in Vail, Colorado.

In February 2011 Shiffrin won the Slalom bronze medal at the FIS Junior World Ski Championships held at Crans-Montana, Switzerland.

Mikaela Shiffrin made her debut in the World Cup on March 11, 2011, in Giant Slalom at Špindlerův Mlýn in the Czech Republic.

When she was only 16-year-old Mikaela Shiffrin, in her 8th World Cup start she made it onto the podium in Slalom in December 2011 in Lienz.

A year after she won her first World Cup race in Åre on December 2012 when she was only 17 years old.

She became the youngest skier in history (male or female) to win an Olympic Slalom gold medal in Sochi in 2014.

In Schladming in 2022, Mikaela Shiffrin won her 47th World Cup Slalom event, breaking the record for most World Cup victories in a single discipline set by Ingemar Stenmark (Giant Slalom, 46) in 1989.

On December 2012 when she was only 17-year-old, she won her first World Cup race in Åre
Mikaela Shiffrin. Åre 2012. Picture: GEPA Pictures / Atomic Ski

Olympic Winter Games Starts: 11 (including 1 Team Parallel in Beijing 2022)

Olympic Winter Games Medals: 3

Olympic Winter Games Victories: 2 (Sochi 2014 SL, and PyeongChang 2018 GS)

FIS Alpine World Ski Championships Starts: 17

FIS Alpine World Ski Championships Podiums: 14

FIS Alpine World Ski Championships Victories: 7

FIS World Cup Starts: 267

FIS World Cup Podiums: 150

FIS World Cup Victories: 95

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