Avenging Herself From Sofia Goggia, Mikaela Shiffrin Creates Rare History at Audi FIS Alpine Ski World Cup 2023/24

Published 12/09/2023, 6:49 AM EST

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Alpine Skiing queen Mikaela Shiffrin has recently won her 90th World Cup win in Killington. And that too, in slalom, her strongest suit. Outclassing a worthy rival Petra Vlhova, Shiffrin secured her 55th slalom title. But the recent Super-G event witnessed the 28-year-old finish fourth. But there’s some pleasant news.

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Consistently securing a top 3 finish in the last 5 events, the 28-year-old had a remarkable 2023 St. Moritz season. The Super-G win that she gave away to Sofia Goggia was hers last year. But her Downhill was a little wobbly, following a sixth and a fourth-place finish. But she has returned to make up for that loss and defend her Downhill title. It seems like she achieved it.

Mikaela Shiffrin wins Downhill in St. Moritz

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Mikaela Shiffrin has achieved what she had hoped for. The GOAT of alpine skiing has finally defeated her Super-G rival, Sofia Goggia, who has competed in her forte. Shiffrin trounced Sofia Goggia for her fourth career World Cup downhill win – her 91st success in total. So, it’s like the 28-year-old is coming back home.

Currently, Shiffrin is reigning with 470 points in the overall World Cup standings. When the circuit began, it was anyone’s game. Especially on Lara Gut-Behrami’s second straight World Cup Giant Slalom win, the world faced a nail-biting moment. Shiffrin’s scores are 0.15 seconds ahead of Goggia now, while the latter got smoothly edged out.

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Most of Shiffrin’s training sessions had prioritized Slalom and Giant Slalom, so her 91st victory in the Downhill discipline was a rare victory indeed. Last year, with her 86th World Cup win, she had bested the legendary Ingemar Stenmark, who had set the historic mark. Now, at the Audi FIS Alpine Skiing World Cup 2023/24, the 28-year-old has appeared to claim her 6th World Cup overall title.

Interestingly, if she wins this, her record will tie the great Annemarie Moser-Proll, the Austrian skier who had etched her name in history in 1970. Despite the celebratory moments, one thing has raised concern.

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According to the scoreboard at the FIS World Cup’s official page, 21 people went home with a DNS – Did not start. However unlikely it sounds, skiing through the snow-clad slopes may be difficult. Though the reason behind the DNS hasn’t surfaced yet, the hopeful athletes missed their opportunities.

But the Olympian left herself in doubt, as she was an early starter. She stated, “It felt very good with my skiing. I wasn’t sure if the rest of the run was good enough to be fast.” On the third stands Frederica Brignone, with just 0.17 behind the winner. In the marquee speed event, Brignone secured her first podium.

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As the World Cup awaits its next stop, Shiffrin is at her best to walk home with the 92nd World Cup win.

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Agnijeeta Majumder

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