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Mikaela Shiffrin could break Lindsey Vonn’s World Cup wins record

COURCHEVEL, France — There appears little to prevent Mikaela Shiffrin taking over from Lindsey Vonn as the unstoppable force in women’s ski racing.

Shiffrin has a huge lead in defense of her overall World Cup title and her four wins this season have been in different disciplines. The 22-year-old Coloradan is branching out, and feeling confident about it. And with the Olympic Games coming up, that’s very bad news for her rivals.

Her downhill win at Lake Louise in early December was a personal breakthrough and sent out a statement: The Olympic and three-time world slalom champion, who has a few wins in giant slalom races, no longer views herself as just a technical specialist.

“I’m finding something new, some more speed,” Shiffrin told The Associated Press in a recent interview. “My positioning, my skiing, my tactics, everything’s coming together. I’m certainly not (just) a slalom skier anymore, I consider myself an all-event skier.”

Her two wins at the French Alpine resort of Courchevel this week — in GS and the inaugural parallel slalom — took her to 35 World Cup wins.

Vonn is the women’s all-time record-holder with 78. The undisputed star for so many years, Vonn also has four overall World Cup titles and doubtless would have had more if not for serious knee injuries.

She is far from finished, either. The 33-year-old American came back in style with a super-G win at Val d’Isere last Saturday — her first win on the World Cup circuit since January.

But considering Shiffrin is so much younger, and has an expanding repertoire, she is well positioned to become a record-breaker. The number of wins Shiffrin could get — if she stays injury-free — is potentially staggering.

When asked if she can beat Vonn’s mark, Shiffrin takes a long and thoughtful pause.

“If I’m feeling crazy I can think, yeah, maybe if I keep going this way I could get 78 or something. I could get there,” she told The AP after Tuesday’s GS win in Courchevel. “But as soon as I think about that, my skiing starts getting really bad. It’s fun to dream about these things, but it’s not my first goal.”

Although supremely confident, the slimly-built Shiffrin knows that becoming a multi-event specialist puts her best discipline at risk.

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