Unstoppable Shiffrin sets 15 win World Cup record


?pindleruv Mlýn (Czech Republic) (AFP)

American sensation Mikaela Shiffrin won the slalom in Spindleruv Mlyn on Saturday to set a new record for most World Cup victories in a single season of 15.

The American, already assured of a third straight overall World Cup title, finished 0.85sec ahead of the Swiss Wendy Holdener.

She had been tied with Swiss legend Vreni Schneider who won 14 races in 1988-89, when the calendar was shorter.

With the World Cup finals in Andorra still to come, Shiffrin can add to her total.

It was a 58th career victory for the American, who does not turn 24 until Wednesday, and her 39th in the slalom. It took her to 1,954 points a for the season, well within reach of the talismanic 2,000 which has only been achieved twice, the first time, exactly, by legendary Austrian Hermann Maier, the second by Slovene Tina Maze who reached 2,414 points en 2013.

Shiffrin was already assured of a sixth straight globe in the slalom obliterated the field on Saturday with a combined time of 1min 38.98sec. Swiss Wendy Holdener was second 0.85sec behind.

Petra Vlahova, who on Friday prevented Shiffrin clinching the giant slalom title, finished a distant third. 2.03sec back.

For Holdener, a 25-year-old who finds herself competing against Shiffrin and Vhlova, this was a 21st time she has stood on the podium in the slalom podium but she has yet to reach the top step.