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SHIFFRIN TAKES ANOTHER RECORD
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Mikaela Shiffrin, has become the women's all-time World Cup leader in slalom wins. PlanetSKI first met her back in 2012.

 


On Saturday the US skier beat the record set by her childhood heroine, Marlies Schild from Austria.

It was Shiffrin's 36th career victory in Semmering, Austria.

Schild, known as Marlies Raich since her marriage to another great ski racer, Benjamin Raich, won 35 times before retiring in 2014.

Shiffrin is only 23-years old and is set to be the greatest female skier of all time if she remains injury free and continues her development.

"When I was young I wanted to be the best skier in the world. I was always watching Marlies, she was a legend. To me, she is the best slalom skier. I wouldn't be here without her. For me, she has this record for ever," said Shiffrin after her latest victory.

"Marlies Raich, a heartfelt thank you for inspiring me as a young ski racer. Really. If I can inspire any young athlete as much as you inspired me, then I'll know I have truly done my job in this sport," she added.

Mikaela Shiffrin first came to the attention of PlanetSKI back in 2012 when we were visiting the US training camp in Austria.

Our editor, James Cove, thought it worth having a word with the unknown 16-year old in our series of 'chairlift chats' as she seemed to have a bright future ahead of her.

She had just had her first ever World Cup podium - the youngest US skier to do so for 30-years.


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Shiffrin leads the overall World Cup by 466 points.

She is first in the World Cup slalom and super-G standings.

She remains third in the giant slalom, and ninth in the downhill standings.

Meanwhile it seems to be a time when skiing records are tumbling.

Earlier in the month the Austrian skier, Marcel Hirscher, became the country's best skier with 63 World Cup victories to his name:

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