U.S. skier Mikaela Shiffrin sets teenage slalom record
United States skier Mikaela Shiffrin set the women's World Cup record for most career slalom wins by a teenager on Sunday when she earned her 12th career victory in Slovenia, according to the Associated Press.
Shiffrin finished with a total time of 1 minute, 39.12 seconds. The win broke a tie she held with France's Perrine Pelen, who previously set the record in the 1980s.
"I don't try to think about too many records as they might get in my way," Shiffrin said. "But it's motivation. It's not always about breaking records but about doing a good job."
The 19-year-old was able to grab sole possession of the record despite it pouring rain during the event, something that she said did not bother her.
"I don't think you can have a perfect run but it felt like my fastest skiing. I felt very loose and I was charging the whole way," she said about her first run. "As long as I feel good on my feet and I feel confident, it shouldn't matter what the conditions are."
The win was Shiffrin's third of this World Cup season.
- Jack Jorgensen