Mikaela Shiffrin reacts to the fact that she has equaled the World Cup record of legendary skier Ingemar Stenmark in Are, Sweden with her giant slalom run. Shiffrin realized a big dream. Although many doubted her and her qualities, she once again confirmed how great she is.
“This is just a spectacular day. I just wanted to push and fight for it,” she said, as quoted by eurosport.com “I've had quite a few different experiences here, I have felt everything you can feel here, so it's special to be back.
No matter what I do, it’s never going to be actually beating [Stenmark].
The number, OK, whatever, the numbers are the numbers.
86 has a mind of its own. I just need to take care of my skiing.
For everybody else, it was done or inevitable. For me, it was like, it never should have happened in the first place.
It’s like a dream.
If you told me this when I was seven years old, I’d be freaking out, running around the house all night long”.
Mikaela Shiffrin and message to Stenmark
Shiffrin also decided to send a message to Stenmark about which she only has the highest opinion; “No matter what I do, it doesn’t ever compare to what you achieved.
Maybe I get the 87th victory, maybe not. But for me the biggest dream is to be mentioned in the same sentence as you”. The slalom on Saturday will be the ideal race for her to break the record. “Now everyone’s going to ask about 87.
It’s a pretty spectacular position to be in,” she said. “I mean, we talked at the beginning of the season, like I don’t take it for granted to be in this place where people ask me about when am I going to win 86 or when I’m going to win 87.