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Mikaela Shiffrin Breaks Yet Another Record

She took home her fourth World Championships gold medal in slalom Saturday

Mikaela Shiffrin skis the first run of the Women's Slalom during the Audi FIS Ski World Cup in November, 2018. (Photo: Tom Pennington/Getty)
Mikaela Shiffrin skis the first run of the Women's Slalom during the Audi FIS Ski World Cup in November, 2018.

American Mikaela Shiffrin took home gold Saturday in the women’s slalom at the FIS Alpine World Championships in Are, Sweden, becoming the first skier in history to win four straight world titles in the same discipline.

She finished almost a second ahead of Anna Swenn Larsson from Sweden, who took silver. Petra Vlhova from Slovakia came in third.

Shiffrin had been sharing the record of three-straight wins with Swedish skier Ingenmar Stenmark and Americans Ted Ligety and Bode Miller. The only athlete to hold four gold medals (non-consecutive) in a single event is Christl Cranz, a German skier who competed in the 1930s.

The World Championships, held biannually, are just one part of the broader international alpine skiing circuit—which the 23-year-old phenom from Vail, Colorado, has dominated for the last several years, quietly closing in on many of the most notable records. Currently, Shiffrin has 56 overall World Cup victories, which is a far cry from Ingenmar Stenmark’s record 86, and Lindsey Vonn’s 82. But Vonn’s career spanned two decades while Shiffrin has been competing for just nine years.

Shiffrin kicked off the 2019 World Championships with a first place in the super-G event on Tuesday, the first day of competition, followed by a third place in giant slalom on Thursday.

After racing with a cold, Shiffrin said, “Halfway down this run I ran out of oxygen,” reported the AP, “I was just trying to fight to stay on the course.”

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Correction: A previous version of this story stated that Are is in Switzerland. We regret the error.

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