Mikaela Shiffrin matches Lindsey Vonn’s World Cup record with 82nd win

KRANJSKA GORA, Slovenia (AP) — Mikaela Shiffrin matched Lindsey Vonn’s women’s skiing World Cup record with her 82nd victory Sunday.

Shiffrin led from start to finish to win a giant slalom by a wide margin and can now break Vonn’s mark in a night slalom scheduled for Flachau, Austria, on Tuesday.

“I was so nervous this run. I have a rash on my face I was so nervous,” Shiffrin said. “I don’t know why, maybe it was a little bit because of the 82. I just wanted to ski well and I did.”

Shiffrin celebrated with a scream and bent over and put her hands on the poles before kissing her skis during the awards ceremony.

“It was a battle. But it was pretty amazing conditions and I got a report from the coaches and they said, ‘It’s really attackable, so just go for it,'” she said. “I’ve been in this position before and I have given it away and today I wanted to fight for it.”

Already with eight wins this season, Shiffrin is also fast approaching Ingemar Stenmark’s overall record — between men and women — of 86 wins.

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Mikaela Shiffrin celebrates after matching Lindsey Vonn's women's skiing World Cup record with her 82nd win on Sunday.

Vonn retired four years ago when injuries ended his pursuit of Stenmark’s record.

Shiffrin and Vonn now have 20 more wins each than the next woman on the all-time list, Annemarie Moser-Pröll of Austria at 62.

While the oft-injured Vonn required 395 runs for her 82 wins, Shiffrin has done so in just 233 runs. And at age 27, Shiffrin could compete for several more years and win many more races.

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