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American skier Shiffrin leads the slalom in search of a record 86th victory – KGET 17

SPINDLERUV MLIN, Czech Republic (AP) – American skier Mikaela Shifrin had what she called a “perfect ride” to lead the women’s World Cup slalom after Sunday’s opening race as she moved closer to the all-time record for most career wins. with 86

If Shiffrin wins the race, she will match the best mark set by Swedish great Ingemar Stenmark in the 1980s.

Shiffrin appeared to get wide on a few turns early in her run, but she quickly regained control and was flawless in the middle and lower sections.

The American gained a big lead of 0.67 seconds over Lena Dürr from Germany. Croatian skier Zrinka Ljutić was 0.85 behind in third place, while the rest of the field was more than a second behind the pace.

“This was a perfect race, I think. “I was aggressive everywhere and I was good at timing,” Shiffrin said. “Even when I thought maybe I was a little late or something, I was able to turn where I wanted to and keep pushing. So that’s exactly how I wanted to feel, so it’s perfect.”

Anna Swenn Larsson of Sweden was 1.03 behind in fourth place, with Olympic slalom champion Petra Vlhová of Slovakia 1.54 behind.

The second run starts at 12.15 local time.

Racing at the resort near the Czech-Polish border, where she made her World Cup debut as a 15-year-old nearly 12 years ago, Shiffrin dominated the slalom on the same course on Saturday, posting the fastest times in both runs for her 85th career win.

Last Tuesday, she surpassed the women’s record held by her former teammate Lindsey Vonn. Vonn had 82 wins when she retired four years ago.

A win Sunday would also see Shiffrin wrap up the season slalom title with two races remaining. Her closest competitor in the discipline, Wendy Holdener, had a costly mistake and the Swiss skier failed to qualify for the second run and will not earn World Cup points.

That would mark another record for Shiffrin, making her the first woman to win seven seasonal slalom titles, surpassing Swiss standout Vreni Schneider, who won it six times in the 1980s and ’90s.

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