Mikaela Shiffrin of the Stifel U.S. Alpine Ski Group wrapped up the 2022-23 season in style, winning her 88th Planet Cup at the Planet Cup Finals giant slalom in Soldeu, Andorra. It was her 138th profession podium and her 21st giant slalom win, breaking two women’s records. She also received her second profession giant slalom crystal globe, marking her the most prosperous skier in the discipline, along with her fifth general crystal globe, the most significant prize in ski racing.
Shiffrin skied to win, taking the initially run handily by .62 seconds and place down a sensible second run to safe the win by .06. It was her seventh giant slalom win of the season and her 21st profession Planet Cup win—breaking Vreni Schneider’s record of 20 GS wins, which Shiffrin tied final week. The general record is held by Ingemar Stenmark of Sweden, who won 46 GS races all through his time on the Planet Cup circuit.
“I was so nervous at the start out,” laughed Shiffrin. “I feel there is not a explanation. You want to do properly and it does not matter about the records—you just want to do properly.”
The win extended Shiffrin’s general record for Planet Cup wins to 88 and officially gave her the giant slalom globe, which she had clinched in her record-tying 86th win final week. She also received the general FIS crystal globe for the fifth time right after the race with a individual very best two,206 Planet Cup points all through the season, which beat her record from 2018-19, when she won a historic 17 races. Tina Maze of Slovenia holds the record for additional points in a single season with two,414 from 2012-13. Shiffrin now has 15 crystal globes from 13 seasons—five general and ten discipline titles—including 3 from this season: general, GS and slalom. This is Shiffrin’s second general globe in a row, and she is 1 of only 4 skiers to win the general at least 5 occasions.
The outcome also elevated Shiffrin’s resume to 138 Planet Cup podium finishes, breaking the record held by Lindsey Vonn.
Norway’s Thea Louise Stjernesund was second in her initially profession podium and Valerie Grenier of Canada was third. Stifel U.S. Alpine Ski Group skier Paula Moltzan completed 15th. Nina O’Brien did not finish her initially run. Watch the replay of the race on CNBC at three p.m. ET nowadays, March 19.
No Stifel U.S. Alpine Ski Group males competed in the men’s slalom on Sunday. Ramon Zenhaeusern of Switzerland took the win with Lucas Braathen of Norway in second and Henrik Kristoffersen of Norway in third. Braathen’s second location secured him the slalom globe—a difficult-fought title all through the season. Marco Odermatt of Switzerland won the general globe.
Women’s giant slalom
HOW TO WATCH
Sunday, March 19
three:00 p.m. ET – Women’s Giant Slalom, CNBC*