Zagreb slalom on hold alongside Shiffrin’s record hunt

American leader Vonn set the women’s record of 82 before retiring in 2019. The overall top mark is 86, from Swedish great Ingemar Stenmark.

ZAGREB, Croatia — Mikaela Shiffrin will have to wait at least a few more days to match Lindsey Vonn’s World Cup winning record.

A night slalom scheduled for Thursday in Zagreb, Croatia, has been canceled due to warm temperatures and strong winds, organizers said.

American leader Vonn set the women’s record of 82 before retiring in 2019. The overall top mark is 86, from Swedish great Ingemar Stenmark.

Shiffrin has 81 career wins, one fewer than Vonn’s women’s record.

Shiffrin, who has won five straight races in multiple disciplines, can match and break the record in two giant slaloms scheduled for Saturday and Sunday in Kranjska Gora, Slovenia.

Shiffrin won the first of two planned slaloms in Zagreb on Wednesday. Using purely artificial snow on the low-lying venue, organizers created a strip of white on an otherwise brown hill.

Shiffrin said the cancellation was “not the craziest surprise in the world given how little snow there was.

“But the fact that they pulled it off yesterday made me feel like it would definitely pull off today, so I’m shocked,” she added. “But I don’t know why I’m shocked because it’s not that surprising.”

The International Ski Federation did not immediately announce whether the race in Zagreb would be held at another ski resort.

Earlier this week, Shiffrin won the first women’s World Cup race of 2023, just one win behind Vonn.

“I’m happy, I’m incredibly happy. I mean, I had so much fun skiing today and it was really my best skiing today on both runs,” said Shiffrin, who beat second-place finisher Petra Vlhová by 0.76 seconds.

The former overall champion of Slovakia had won the race on the outskirts of the Croatian capital for the past three seasons.

The rest of the field finished more than 1.20 minutes behind the American’s winning time.

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Emma Bowman

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