Shiffrin Claims her 85th Win, Moltzan Fifth
Mikaela Shiffrin continued her hot streak of wins in Spindleruv Mlyn on Saturday with her 85th career Audi FIS Alpine Ski World Cup victory, leaving her just one shy of 86 wins. Paula Moltzan was fifth.
Shiffrin smoked it down first run, taking the lead by 0.29 seconds ahead of German skier Lena Duerr. The strong skiing continued into second run with Shiffrin laying it down for the second-fastest second run time, taking the win by 0.60 seconds ahead of Lena Duerr in second and 1.31 seconds ahead of Wendy Holdener in third place.
“It has been so nice to come back here and race a slalom here,” said Shiffrin. “My feeling is so good on my skis right now. Even with a mistake on the course, I didn't care. I am going to keep going because I just want to ski like crazy."
Shiffrin is hot on the trail for the magic number of 87 World Cup wins, which will give her the most World Cup wins by any alpine skier ever, surpassing Sweden’s Ingemar Stenmark record of 86, which she may tie on Sunday.
“I don’t feel a lot of pressure to get this record because now I am so close and I am trying to take a breather to enjoy the moment,” said Shiffrin.
Stifel U.S. Alpine Ski Team athlete Paula Moltzan also had a fantastic day in fifth place and the third fastest second run time.
“It was a pretty good second run,” said Moltzan. “I knew the tempo was really high top to bottom so I'm just staying with that tempo right out of the gate and I hope to carry this momentum into tomorrow,” said Moltzan.
Stifel U.S. Alpine Ski Team athletes Zoe Zimmerman, Nina O’Brien, Katie Hensien and Lila Lapanja also raced placing 31st, 34th, 36th and 38th. They did not qualify for a second run.
The women’s tech team will take on another slalom race Sunday before the World Championships in February.
HOW TO WATCH
Sunday, Jan. 29, 2023
3:15 a.m. FIS Alpine World Cup, Women's slalom, run 1, Spindleruv Mlyn, Czech Republic, streaming on skiandsnowboard.live
6:15 a.m. FIS Alpine World Cup, Women's slalom, run 2, Spindleruv Mlyn, Czech Republic, streaming on skiandsnowboard.live
4:15 a.m. FIS Alpine World Cup, Men's super-G, Cortina, Italy, streaming on skiandsnowboard.live