Shiffrin Achieves 87th Win; Moltzan Fourth
On Saturday, Mikaela Shiffrin became the greatest skier of all time, surpassing the record she tied the day prior, and now has the most World Cup of any alpine skier with 87 wins. She won her 87th race in the slalom in Åre, Sweden, the same location of her first ever World Cup win and exactly 12 years after her first World Cup start.
“I can’t put a name with the numbers,” said Shiffrin. “I don’t know how to define that. When you have these special moments like being on the podium with Paula Moltzan in Semmering, seeing my brother and Kristi and my mom in the finish today-–that’s what makes it memorable. I’m so proud of the skiing I did both runs today and so proud of the team this whole season. Every step of the way, being strong and focused and positive and having the right goals and helping me manage my own focus and distractions. It’s been incredible. It’s been incredible to be part of that. I’m just really thankful.”
It was also a tremendous day for teammate Paula Moltzan who landed just off the podium in fourth place. Moltzan and Shiffrin shared a podium in December in Semmering, Austria. Notably, Moltzan achieved this massive result coming out of hand surgery just a few weeks ago.
“I think I need to bring more intensity this run, but the same mindset to go as hard as I can,” said Moltzan after her first run that landed her in fifth. “The conditions were awesome so it’s nice to see it holding up for everyone.”
Second place went to Swiss skier Wendy Holdener, and third place Sweden’s own Anna Swenn Larsson. Rounding out the top five was 2023 World Championship slalom gold medalist Laurence St. Germain of Canada. This result marks her best World Cup result of her career. She is also a former University of Vermont teammate of Moltzan.
The top 25 women in slalom will now head to Soldeu, Andorra for World Cup Finals, which runs March 15-19.