Mikaela Shiffrin made slalom history despite battling a severe chest cold. The 23-year-old turned in a near perfect final run to become the first skier, male or female, to capture four straight World Championships in a single event.
With the win, Shiffrin ties Ted Ligety for the most world championships by an American alpine skier with five. She also ties Ligety with seven career world championships medals for second on the list. Among Americans, only Lindsey Vonn with eight has more.
Today’s win also makes Shiffrin one of just three U.S. women to win two world titles in one year, joining Vonn (2009) and Andrea Mead-Lawrence (1952).
She is also the 2014 Olympic slalom champion and 2018 Olympic giant slalom gold medalist and combined silver medalist.