With each and every passing year it appears increasingly most likely that if Mikaela Shiffrin remains healthier and motivated, she will obliterate each and every important record in ski racing, like Ingemar Stenmark’s record of 86 Planet Cup wins.
She’s currently No. five on the all-time list with 60, and she set the record for wins in a season final winter with 17. She has by no means had an injury requiring important surgery.
But how lengthy will she want to maintain racing? Lindsey Vonn retired final winter at age 34 with 82 victories, but Shiffrin, 24, doubts she will want to take it that far.
“I do not genuinely have a timeline,” mentioned Shiffrin, who embarks on her ninth Planet Cup season Saturday in Soelden, Austria. “I do not know if I’m going to make it till I’m 30. I do not see myself going nicely beyond 30. If I’m at that point and I’m nevertheless possessing an absolute blast, nevertheless reaching my personal requirements of skiing, I’ll maintain going. But for positive, I believe about that.”
Shiffrin, who moved from EagleVail to a new property of her personal this year in nearby Edwards, mentioned her motivation remains higher regardless of her superiority.
“I’ve stated it so lots of occasions that my motivation does not genuinely come from breaking records,” she mentioned. “Every year, everyone says, ‘Now what are you shooting for? What else is there to do?’ At this point it gets easier and easier each and every year. I’m nevertheless motivated to go to the health club all summer time lengthy and to do these items I have to do to be prepared to ski as quickly as I can. I nevertheless locate so substantially joy from instruction, feeling my turns receiving greater and enhancing. As lengthy as that is there, I’m prepared to maintain going.”
Vonn fell just quick of Stenmark’s record with 82 wins, and she had only 12 when she was Shiffrin’s age. Austria’s Marcel Hirscher, who was the dominant male racer in current years, retired this summer time with 67. If Shiffrin stays healthier, she appears nearly particular to finish this season in third spot with only Vonn and Stenmark left to beat.
Shiffrin won her third consecutive Planet Cup all round title final season, and her 17 wins beat the earlier record of 14 set by Switzerland’s Vreni Schneider in 1989. She says she feels no stress to reside up to that this season.
“When I appear back on it, certainly really fond memories, but who in their correct thoughts could possibly count on to just maintain repeating that forever?” Shiffrin mentioned. “I’m possibly not normally in my correct thoughts, so if any one would count on that, it would be me.”
She was joking about that, of course.
“But I have a tendency to set extra realistic expectations. I talked a lot final year about not genuinely paying focus to expectations, figuring out the distinction in between expectations and requirements, attempting to maintain the requirements of my skiing higher but not have any expectations. That mindset clicked for me. It was so substantially extra enjoyable and so substantially extra entertaining. Winning and records aside, I had the most enjoyment final season going into each and every race not feeling like I had to carry out to a particular level of expectations. I’m going to go into this season with that exact same mindset.”
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