Shiffrin dominates Killington slalom again

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RUTLAND — Mikaela Shiffrin scored her 62nd World Cup victory at the HomeLight Killington Cup Sunday in front of 11,000 fans.

She won the first run by 1.13 seconds and extended her victory margin to a massive 2.29 seconds on a scrappy second run.

Shiffrin continues onward with the strongest start she’s had to a season in years, and considering she won a record 17 races last year, this is a notion that must have her competitors nervous.

Today Shiffrin celebrated on the podium with family.

Four years ago, her “Nana” came to watch her ski at Killington for the first time ever, and she saw Mikaela win on home soil.

“Nana has been on my mind every race I’ve ever skied,” Shiffrin said. “Right now I’m just trying to remember her the best way I can, because she was an angel who walked this earth.”

Coming to the finish fighting, a 2.29-second margin is almost unheard of in a sport that’s decided in hundredths.

With Sunday’s record-setting 42nd-slalom victory, she a walks away from Killington as commanding owner of the leader bib, and she also tied Austrian alpine skier Annemarie Moser-Pröll, in fourth on the all-time World Cup victory list.

Now, only Ingemar Stenmark (86 victories), Lindsey Vonn (82) and Marcel Hirscher (67) have more wins.

“It’s a different generation, with different events. But the records are also a symbol of the work that I do and the work that my team does,” Shiffrin said. ”The way that we all work together – it’s like a family and we’re just doing the best we can every day.”

The total crowd size for Sunday was 11,000, bringing the weekend total to 36,500 fans.

There were also 6,000 on Friday and 19,500 on Saturday.

Saturday’s crowd was the largest single-day crowd the Killington Cup has had to date.