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Queen of Åre 2019? Mikaela Shiffrin aims to beat Anja Pärson’s 2007 record of four medals at Åre 2019

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Mikaela Shiffrin has been the unquestioned queen of ski racing in the last two seasons. Her start into the current season has been as strong as ever and there is no reason to doubt that she will also be one of the stars of Åre 2019. In addition to her dominance in the tech events, there is no question that Shiffrin has well arrived on the speed scene by now, so the question is, will she go after Anja Pärson’s record of four medals in February 2019?

Shiffrin gives the Chrystal ball a kiss after securing the overall and the slalom World Cup titles in Åre in 2018. Photo: Alexis Boichard/Zoom Agency (for editorial use only)
Shiffrin gives the Chrystal ball a kiss after securing the overall and the slalom World Cup titles in Åre in 2018. Photo: Alexis Boichard/Zoom Agency (for editorial use only)

The ladies’ World Cup season 2018/19 is only a month old with just four competitions and once again there is a name above others in the World Cup rankings: US superstar and two-time overall World Cup champ Mikaela Shiffrin has already established herself atop the standings with three podiums, including two victories and no result below a 4thplace!

No longer a child prodigy, Shiffrin today is a World Cup veteran who goes from victory to victory, rewriting history in the process. Her third-straight Killington, Vermont, slalom victory on Sunday, 25 November was #34 which means that she equalled the mark of the Swiss legend Vreni Schneider and that at the age of 23. She now trails – by one win – the all-time slalom record of Austria’s Marlies Schild who has 35 slalom victories.

Slalom has always been Shiffrin’s pillar of strength. Slalom is where she scored her first World Cup podium in Lienz, Austria, in December 2011, at the tender age of 16. She then went on to win World Championship slalom gold at Schladming 2013 and Olympic gold at Sochi 2014, writing history as the youngest athlete in history (male or female) to win an Olympic slalom gold medal. 

It comes as no surprise that Mikaela Shiffrin is set to defend her World Championships gold medal at Åre in February 2019. A gold on16 February would imply a four-peat for Shiffrin in slalom, another record which would put her on par with Christl Cranz of Germany. But it seems that Shiffrin might be going for more than that: beating the tally of Anja Pärson who scored three gold medals and one bronze at Åre 2007.

At the season opening FIS Forum Alpinum in Sölden in October, Shiffrin said:

– Slalom and giant slalom are definitely my focus at the World Championships. And I will likely also race the alpine combined. If everything goes well, my training is good and I am feeling strong, I might race the super-G and downhill too. I did not race the speed events at the Finals but those courses look so fun and well prepared! 

There is no question that Mikaela Shiffrin can also ski speed. She has already won World Cups in the downhill and alpine combined. Indeed, she has won at least one World Cup in each event from the downhill to slalom, only missing a triumph in the super-G. Will her first win in super-G at the highest level happen in Åre on 5 February? Stay tuned as the story evolves, starting with the ladies’ speed season opener at Lake Louise from 30 November 2018.

Mikaela Shiffrin in a nutshell (as of 29 November 2018)

Born: Vail, Colorado on 13 March 1995

Family: Father Jeff, Mother Eileen, Brother Taylor

Results: Two Olympic gold medals, two Overall World Cup titles, three World Champion titles (2013, 2015, 2017), 45 World Cup victories

Next record: Shiffrin’s first super-G win would make her the first female racer in history to win in all six events. Other ski racers who have recorded victories in five events including Anja Pärson, Pernilla Wiberg, Janica Kostelic, Tina Maze, Petra Kronberger and Lindsey Vonn (none who won in the parallel) and Hilde Gerg (who never won in giant slalom).

Weird fact: Likes napping and can sleep anywhere

The Lake Louise events

Downhill 30 November, 12.30 LOC 20.30 CET

Downhill 1 december, 12.30 LOC, 20.30 CET

Super G 2 december, 11.00 LOC, 19.00 CET

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Shiffrin gives the Chrystal ball a kiss after securing the overall and the slalom World Cup titles in Åre in 2018. Photo: Alexis Boichard/Zoom Agency (for editorial use only)
Shiffrin gives the Chrystal ball a kiss after securing the overall and the slalom World Cup titles in Åre in 2018. Photo: Alexis Boichard/Zoom Agency (for editorial use only)
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Shiffrin won the World Cup Final slalom ahead of Wendy Holdener and Frida Hansdotter at the World Cup Finals in Åre 2018. Photo: Nisse Schmidt (for editorial use only)
Shiffrin won the World Cup Final slalom ahead of Wendy Holdener and Frida Hansdotter at the World Cup Finals in Åre 2018. Photo: Nisse Schmidt (for editorial use only)
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Mikaela Shiffrin at the World Cup Finals in Åre, 2018. Photo: Alexis Boichard/Zoom Agency (for editorial use only)
Mikaela Shiffrin at the World Cup Finals in Åre, 2018. Photo: Alexis Boichard/Zoom Agency (for editorial use only)
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Scheduled from 4-17 February 2019, Åre 2019 FIS Alpine World Ski Championships will mark the third time that the second largest winter sport event after the Olympic Winter Games is held in Åre, Sweden. After the 1954 and 2007 editions, Åre 2019 will welcome the world’s top skiers and some 120’000 visitors to an epic celebration of skiing, snow and winter. The 11 medal competitions staged in the unique atmosphere of the leading Scandinavian ski resort will excite millions of global viewers and inspire great numbers to join the sport in active practice.  

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