It’s as if they are fighting their own private duel, as Mikaela Shiffrin scored her sixth World Cup win of the season to edge back in front of men’s great Marcel Hirscher.
Shiffrin stormed to victory in a giant slalom in driving snow in Courchevel, France Friday to tighten her grip on what is likely to be a third straight World Cup overall crown.
The 29-year-old Hirscher bagged a slalom in Saalbach Thursday for his fifth win of the season and a record 14th in a calendar year, passing the mark of Ingemar Stenmark, who won 13 races in 1977 and 1979. The Austrian sits third on the list of most successful skiers on the World Cup circuit, 19 wins behind Vonn, who is retiring after the Lake Louise event in 2019. The record holder is Sweden’s Stenmark with 86 victories.