American slalom ace Mikaela Shiffrin tied her countrywoman Lindsey Vonn for the most World Cup victories by a female alpine skier with her 82nd career victory. With her sixth victory in seven competitions, Shiffrin achieved the milestone with a victory in a giant slalom in Kranjska Gora, Slovenia.  

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"Shiffrin could overtake Vonn and stand alone with 83 wins as soon as Tuesday, when she’s set to race a slalom in Flachau, Austria. Shiffrin plans to race more than a dozen times before the season ends in mid-March," the Wall Street Journal reported. 

“Records are made to be broken, and if mine are broken, I am happy that it’s by another American,” Vonn said in a statement. “That would truly be special.”

According to the WSJ article, "Although Shiffrin was born in Vail, Colo., she spent some of her teenage years at Burke Mountain Academy, a ski academy in Vermont. The area features snow that’s hard-packed by frigid temperatures and heavy ski traffic—similar to the icy courses of World Cup races—and from a young age she was carving precise turns on hard-packed slopes." 

“She had the work ethic of Tom Brady when she was 13,” Bug Pech, Shiffrin’s high-school roommate, told The Wall Street Journal in 2018.  

You can read the full WSJ article here.