CULTURE Record-breaking Shiffrin makes it 16 World Cup wins in season

CULTURE

Record-breaking Shiffrin makes it 16 World Cup wins in season

AFP

22:16, March 16, 2019

Record-breaking Mikaela Shiffrin won Saturday's slalom in Andorra to record her 16th World Cup win of a record-breaking season.

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United States' Mikaela Shiffrin holds up the women's World Cup slalom discipline trophy at the alpine ski, World Cup finals in Soldeu, Andorra, Saturday, March 16, 2019. (Photos: AP)

Last week the all-conquering American set a new record for most World Cup victories in a season with her 15th to pull clear of the previous benchmark of 14 set by Swiss legend Vreni Schneider who achieved that feat in 1988-89.

It was Shiffrin's 59th career success and comes three days after she celebrated her 25th birthday.

The unstoppable skier from Colorado had already been assured of the slalom small globe to go alongside her super-G globe and overall title.

Shiffrin is almost certain to add the giant slalom globe on Sunday when she only needs to finish in the first 15 places.

That would make her the first skier -- male or female -- to collect World Cup titles in overall, slalom, giant slalom and super-G discipline in a single season.

Cover image: United States' Mikaela Shiffrin, center, holds the women's World Cup slalom discipline trophy, is flanked by second placed Slovakia's Petra Vlhova, left, and third placed Switzerland's Wendy Holdener, at the alpine ski, World Cup finals in Soldeu, Andorra, Saturday, March 16, 2019. 

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