Mikaela Shiffrin Wins First Slalom in Spindleruv Mlyn
Mikaela Shiffrin made her debut in the World Cup on March 11, 2011, in Špindlerův Mlýn in the Czech Republic. Today she claimed in the same place her 85th World Cup victory. She is one win short to World Cup wins record holder Ingemar Stenmark (86).
"I have a lot of memories here. We don't race here every year but it was my first World Cup race. Four years ago, the last time we were here, was also an amazing race for me", said Shiffrin.
Shiffrin's 85 wins in World Cup events are break down as follows: 52 in Slalom, 19 in Giant Slalom, five in Super-G, three in Downhill, three in City Events, two in Parallel Slalom and one in Alpine Combined.
Shiffrin won five of the eight Slalom events in the 2022-2023 World Cup season.
The 27-year-old US skier won the last Women's Slalom World Cup event held in Špindleruv Mlýn, on 9 March 2019. She and Marlies Schild are the only female alpine skier to have won multiple World Cup events at the Czech resort.
After eight of eleven races, Mikaela Shiffrin leads the Slalom standings with 705 points, 175 points ahead of Wendy Holdener (530), and 195 of Petra Vlhova (510).
"I felt very good with my skiing, from the first turns I made this morning, I was ready to be aggressive on the slope. So that's how I wish every race would feel", said Shiffrin.
Lena Duerr finished in second place 0.60 seconds behind Shiffrin. It's her third podium in Slalom in the 2022-2023 World Cup season. She finished in third place in Semmering on December and in Flachau on January 10.
Duerr has recorded seven podium finishes in Women's World Cup Slalom races, but has yet to win one.
"The slope was perfect, the audience is amazing, and the crowd is really loud. I'm happy with today. My ski was good, but the Mikaela was better", said Duerr.
Wendy Holdener was third 1.31 seconds behind the American. It's her second podium in the Czech resort. She finished runner-up behind Mikaela Shiffrin in the last women's slalom World Cup event held in Špindleruv Mlýn, on 9 March 2019.
"My first run wasn't good and I really didn't think I could catch up. I really only wanted to do a really good second run. The second run was really cool and did me and my heart good", Holdener said.