KUEHTAI, Austria - Rediscovering her strength in slalom, Mikaela Shiffrin became the most successful U.S. skier in the discipline on Monday.
The teenager racked up her 10th career slalom win, beating the records set in the 1980s by Tamara McKinney and on the men's side by Phil Mahre, who both had nine wins in ski racing's most technically demanding event.
"I wasn't thinking about that today," the 19-year-old Shiffrin said. "Somebody mentioned it and I was like, 'Ha, that is very cool.' I had no idea. But I am just mostly looking forward to enjoying being fast instead of just trying too hard. If you try too hard, you often don't get what you want."
Shiffrin certainly had not got what she wanted in slaloms so far this season.
After dominating the discipline the past two years while winning Olympic and world titles, Shiffrin struggled during the first two months of the new season.
After three races without a podium finish, Shiffrin bounced back in impressive style on Monday. It was her 11th win overall after also triumphing in the season-opening GS in October.
Shiffrin posted the fastest time in both runs and finished in an aggregate 1 minute, 43.39 seconds.
Second-place Sarka Strachova of the Czech Republic was 0.80 behind for her first podium in five years, and Wendy Holdener of Switzerland came third, trailing by 0.92. The rest of the field was more than a second off Shiffrin's winning time.
Tina Maze of Slovenia placed sixth to extend her lead in the overall standings.
"I am definitely satisfied," Shiffrin said. "Especially the second run was really fun to ski. It was really one of my best runs I had all season, including training or anything."
However, Shiffrin wasn't taking anything for granted.
"Many other girls skied well, too,