Shiffrin Wins 86th; Moltzan and O’Brien Top 20
On Friday, March 10, Mikaela Shiffrin made history. Crossing the finish line in first, Shiffrin clinched her 86th career World Cup win and tied longtime record holder Ingemar Stenmark of Sweden, who has held the record since 1989, with the most-ever World Cup wins.
“This is just a spectacular day,” said Shiffrin after the race. “It's a pretty spectacular position to be in. I don’t take it for granted to be in this place where people ask me when I’m going to win 86 or 87. That’s a pretty cool place to be, even though it can be difficult to focus sometimes, but today I felt like the focus was there when I needed it to be and it was really fun to ski.”
Stifel U.S. Alpine Ski Team teammates Paula Moltzan and Nina O’Brien also skied great giant slalom races, with both of them landing in the top-20. Moltzan was 15th and O'Brien was 16th, respectively. Moltzan skied an impressive race where only three weeks ago sustained a hand injury that led to surgery when she crashed at World Championships - the same race where she won gold in the team event.
“Hand is hanging in there,” said Moltzan. “The doctors put in three plates and 25 screws to stabilize fractures in my three, four and five metacarpals.”
Moltzan will now focus on the slalom on Saturday, March 11 and added that, "giant slalom is a lot easier to manage than slalom," she said in regard to her hand injury. "I have had one day of slalom since before World Championships with a couple runs to test it and I am hoping to give it my all tomorrow with minimal pain.”
Nina O’Brien has also clinched her spot to the alpine World Cup Finals in Soldeu, Andorra, March 15-19. The top 25 in each discipline are invited to the alpine World Cup Finals. Prior to the Åre giant slalom, O’Brien was in the 27th position.
The women will now switch gear to slalom on Saturday, March 11.
Women's giant slalom
HOW TO WATCH
All times in ET
3:00 p.m. – Women’s giant slalom and slalom – CNBC*
World Cup Finals – Soldeu, Andorra
3:00 a.m. – Women’s giant slalom, first run run – Peacock, skiandsnowboard.live
6:00 a.m. – Women’s giant slalom, second run – Peacock, skiandsnowboard.live
3:00 p.m. – Women’s giant slalom – CNBC*