Shiffrin Goes for 8th Straight World Cup Slalom Victory
STAMFORD, Conn. – January 2, 2017 – Olympic gold medalist Mikaela Shiffrin can tie the all-time FIS World Cup women’s slalom record with an eighth consecutive victory tomorrow, January 3, at 10 a.m. ET on NBCSN in Zagreb, Croatia.
Since February 25, 2016, Shiffrin has won all seven slalom events on the World Cup tour. The women’s slalom record of eight straight is held by Vreni Schneider of Switzerland, who accomplished the feat from 1988-89, and Janica Kostelic of Croatia, who did so from 2000-2001. Overall, Shiffrin has won the past 12 world cup slalom races that she has entered, a streak interrupted by injury last season.
NBCSN’s coverage will begin tomorrow at 10 a.m. ET with highlights from the competition’s first run and live coverage of the second run, which determines the final result. NBCSports.com and the NBC Sports app — NBC Sports Group’s live streaming platforms for desktops, mobile devices, tablets, and connected TVs — will provide live streaming coverage of both runs from Zagreb.
Steve Schlanger (play-by-play) and former World Cup ski racer Steve Porino (analyst) will call the action.
If Shiffrin wins this week, NBCSN will provide live coverage of her attempt to break all-time the record at Maribor, Slovenia, on Sunday, January 8, at 6 a.m. ET.
Shiffrin, 21, won the gold medal in slalom at the 2014 Sochi Olympics at the age of 18, making her the youngest-ever Olympic slalom champion. Hailing from Vail, Colorado, Shiffrin has already won 23 career World Cup slaloms, her first at the age of 17.