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Mikaela Shiffrin sets women’s record for World Cup slalom victories

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Mikaela Shiffrin celebrates after winning an Alpine ski, women’s World Cup slalom in Semmering, Austria on Saturday.
(Giovanni Auletta / Associated Press)

If Mikaela Shiffrin was going to become the greatest women’s slalom skier of all time, it wasn’t going to be easy.

The 23-year-old Colorado native needed a strong second run to win at Semmering, Austria, on Saturday, setting a record with the 36th World Cup victory of her career.

“I had a couple of mistakes, a couple moments where I was fighting for my life,” she said on the U.S. Ski and Snowboard website. “But it was a good fight.”

Dominating the World Cup this season, Shiffrin also became the first skier — man or woman — to win 15 races in a single calendar year. As for the career mark, she surpassed the total of her childhood hero, Marlies Schild.

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“Marlies for me is always going to be the best,” she said. “I wouldn’t be where I am without being able to watch her.”

Swedish legend Ingemar Stenmark holds the men’s record for World Cup slalom victories with 40.

Shiffrin will have a chance to inch closer to that mark with three slalom races over the next two weeks.

david.wharton@latimes.com

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