November 23, 2019 / 3:06 PM / 8 months ago

Alpine skiing: American Shiffrin breaks Stenmark's record for slalom wins

Alpine Skiing - FIS Alpine Ski World Cup - Women's Slalom - Levi Ski Resort in Kittila, Finland November 23, 2019. Gold medalist Mikaela Shiffrin of the U.S., silver medalist Switzerland's Wendy Holdener and bronze medalist Austria's Katharina Truppe celebrate. Martti Kainulainen/Lehtikuva/via REUTERS

(Reuters) - Defending slalom champion Mikaela Shiffrin claimed her 41st World Cup title in the season opener in Levi, Finland on Saturday, surpassing Swedish great Ingemar Stenmark’s all-time record tally.

American Shiffrin, who came into the second run behind Slovakia’s Petra Vlhova, made a flying start and came through a difficult middle section to finish with a time of 58.79 seconds.

Vlhova crashed out early in her second, handing Shiffrin victory.

“I feel a little bit lucky with this win, but I also feel good with my skiing so I’m happy,” double Olympic champion Shiffrin said.

Shiffrin eclipsed a 32-year-old mark set by Stenmark, who won 40 slaloms between 1974 and 1987.

Swiss Wendy Holdener finished runner-up with the second-best time of the second run and an overall time of 1:59:35.

Austrian Katharina Truppe came third to claim her first career World Cup podium finish.

Reporting by Hardik Vyas in Bengaluru, editing by Ed Osmond

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