SAN VIGILIO DI MAREBBE, Italy — Mikaela Shiffrin didn’t wait long to add to her record number of World Cup victories.
A day after taking record win No. 83, Shiffrin added her 84th victory in another giant slalom on the same course on Wednesday.
And just like the day before, Shiffrin led from start to finish, dominating the first run on the steep Erta course and adding to her lead in the second run.
Shiffrin finished a massive 0.82 seconds ahead of two-time Olympic silver medalist Ragnhild Mowinckel and 1.19 ahead of Olympic champion Sara Hector.
When Shiffrin reached the finish line after her second run, she sank into the snow seemingly exhausted – with her skis still attached to her boots – before Mowinckel and Hector came over to congratulate her and help her to her feet.
“Oh my god,” said Shiffrin. “I was pushing so hard, and I was hoping to end up on the right side of all the gates. Now I’m kind of dead mentally – just so tired. But when you’re skiing like that, it keeps your energy going, so, just an incredible feeling .”
Tuesday’s win put Shiffrin ahead of former U.S. teammate Lindsey Vonn’s previous women’s record of 82 wins, and Wednesday’s win put her within two of the overall record — in men’s or women’s events — of 86 wins held by Ingemar Stenmark.
Vonn retired four years ago when her career was cut short by injuries, and Stenmark raced in the 1970s and 1980s.
If Shiffrin wins two slaloms this weekend in Spindleruv Mlyn, Czech Republic, she could match Stenmark on Sunday.
“Technically it’s possible,” Shiffrin said with a laugh. “We’ll see if I can put the energy on my slalom skis for two more races.
“It’s been busy and I’m kind of in an unlucky time of my monthly cycle, so I’m more tired now. We’ve just normalized it to talk about that,” she added.
In Spindleruv, Shiffrin made her World Cup debut almost 12 years ago as a 15-year-old prodigy.
“It’s a special place for me,” she said. “So I’m really looking forward to going.”
Former Giant Slalom World Cup champion Marta Bassino was on her way to the podium before she lost control a few fences from the finish and plowed through a gate, which hit her hard in the shins.
It was Shiffrin’s 10th win of the season and her 19th career win in the giant slalom, coming within one of Vreni Schneider’s record 20 in the discipline.
Shiffrin said she had a late night after her record breaking day.
“But it was a really fun night,” she said. “It was so nice to see messages from people and so much support and so much excitement about the race. I definitely watched that a lot and then tried to go to bed and have a good night’s sleep. And I was up at midnight. I was woke up at 3am. Then I was up at 5am. I was hungry all night. I was like ‘Oh my God, I’m a mess.'”
Still, Shiffrin managed to pull herself together to bring out her best skiing again.
“After [Tuesday],,I was just so tired, which made it quite difficult today”, she said. “And I felt nervous because when I’m skiing tired I make mistakes. And I didn’t want to make a mistake today.
“During the first run I thought, ‘Either I go out at the fourth gate or it’s going to be a really good run.’ It turned out to be a really good run in the end, the second run I just tried to trust my skiing and keep pushing no matter what I felt.”