What Records Are Left For Mikaela Shiffrin To Break?

This article originally appeared on Ski Mag

Over the past 13 seasons, Mikaela Shiffrin has broken more records than we can easily count.

Most World Cup wins? Check. 88 and counting.

Most wins in one discipline? Yup: 53 in slalom so far. No doubt more to come.

Most wins in a single season? You got it: 17 during winter 2018/2019.

Most prize money won in a single season? Yes, last winter: 964,200 Swiss francs (just over $1 million) and 23,000 CHF more than men's overall World Cup champion Marco Odermatt pocketed last year.

Shiffrin has always said she's not after records; she wants to ski well. And when she does break them, she prefers the word "reset" so as not to diminish the achievements of those who skied before her. But for the stats counters, here's a list of records that Shiffrin can reset in the coming years.

Most Overall World Cup Titles

Two Austrian legends hold the record for most World Cup titles: Marcel Hirscher won eight, Annemarie Moser-Proll has six. To date, Shiffrin has won five big crystal globes, given to overall World Cup winners, and is gunning for another this year.

"That’s always been one of my biggest goals, season titles," she said in a pre-Solden press conference last month.

A sixth overall title would tie Shiffrin with Moser-Proll, whom Shiffrin met several years ago.

"She said something to me, like, 'You just go for it, and you’re going to pass me,'" remembered Shiffrin. "It was just pretty striking to me that her mind was already there at a time when nobody else’s was."

"She’s a complete trailblazer in in ski racing," added Shiffrin, "and I would say that if I am able to match six overalls, I would consider that to be the biggest accomplishment."

Shiffrin is a solid favorite to win her sixth overall World Cup trophy this year. As for tying Hirscher with eight, stay tuned.

Most World Cup Discipline Titles

For half of her 19-year-long World Cup career, Lindsey Vonn dominated the downhill rankings, collecting eight World Cup downhill titles from 2008-2016 -- the most discipline titles of any skier. Together with five in super-G and three in combined, Vonn has 16 smaller crystal globes in her trophy cabinet -- tying her with Ingemar Stenmark for most.

Shiffrin has been similarly dominant in slalom and in the past decade, has claimed seven World Cup titles in the discipline. She's a favorite to win one more this season, which would bring her even with Vonn for most World Cup titles in one discipline.

But catching Vonn's and Stenmark's total of 16 across multiple disciplines could be a stretch. With two giant slalom titles, plus one in super-G, Shiffrin currently sits at 10.

Most World Cup Points

In 2013, Tina Maze collected a record 2,414 World Cup points -- 1,313 more than her nearest competitor. That winter, the Slovenian competed in 35 World Cups across six disciplines and finished in the top 10 in 32 of them (also a record). Calling her point total "incredible," Maze had not set out that winter to hit the mark; she just wanted to win her first overall World Cup title. Which, of course, she did.

Last season, Shiffrin tallied 2,206 World Cup points on her way to her fifth overall title (breaking her previous highwater mark of 2,204 points set in 2019).

Shiffrin, though, has always aimed for quality over quantity. So don't look for her to reset Maze's record.

Most World Cup Podiums

Shiffrin may have reset Stenmark's World Cup win record from 86 to 88 last season. But the legendary Swede still holds the record for the most World Cup podium finishes: 155. Shiffrin stands at 138, seventeen shy of Stenmark. Shiffrin finished on the podium in 18 World Cups last season, so she stands a good chance of resetting another Stenmark mark this year.

Most World Championship Medals

Christl Cranz dominated women's ski racing in the 1930s, winning 15 world championship medals from 1934-1939 -- the most won by any skier (male or female). Back then, alpine skiers only competed in slalom, downhill, and combined. But world championships were held annually, not biannually as they have been since World War II. Shiffrin has 14 world championship medals in her collection -- just one shy of Cranz. Chances are the American will tie and possibly break Cranz's record at the 2025 FIS Alpine World Ski Championships, slated to be held in Saalbach, Austria.

Most World Championship Wins

Of Cranz's 15 world championship medals, 12 were gold -- again, more than any other alpine skier. So far, Shiffrin has seven world championship gold medals. Can she win five or six more? It depends on when the 28-year-old decides to retire.

Most Olympic Medals

Topping the list with the most Olympic medals, Norway's Kjetil Andre Aamodt won eight between the 1992 and 2006 Olympic Winter Games: 4 gold, two silver, and two bronze.

On the women's side, Croatia's Janica Kostelic and Anja Parson won six each in the late 1990s and early 2000s. Kostelic won three golds at the 2002 Olympics and a fourth in 2006; her other two medals are silvers. Parson only has one gold -- from the Olympic slalom in 2006 -- one silver medal and four bronze.

Bode Miller holds the American record: six Olympic medals. For the women, Julia Mancuso has four.

To date, Shiffrin has won three Olympic medals: two gold (2014 and 2018 Games) and a silver (2018). The 2022 Beijing Games were a struggle for the American. But who's to say she won't win a handful more at the 2026 Olympic Winter Games in Cortina? It's a ski resort that has treated her well. At the 2021 world championships in Cortina, she won four medals, including a gold in combined.

At the 2026 Olympics, the combined will be a team event, with one woman skiing the downhill or super-G leg and another competing in slalom. This new format could be fun; who doesn't like a team event? Of the women currently on the U.S. Ski Team, Shiffrin and Jackie Wiles--the 31-year-old is back from surgery in spring 2022--are the only ones to have finished on the downhill or super-G podium in Cortina.

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