Mikaela Shiffrin makes World Cup history with 15th win of 2018

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US skier Mikaela Shiffrin. (Getty Images)

Mikaela Shiffrin has become the first skier, male or female, to win 15 World Cup races in a calendar year after her slalom victory in Semmering, Austria, on Saturday.

Shiffrin, 23, previously shared the record with Marcel Hirscher, who also achieved his marker this year, but Shiffrin’s win in Austria earned her the outright honor.

Shiffrin beat Petra Vlhova by 0.29 seconds to maintain her 100-percent record in the slalom this season after four races, with Wendy Holdener (+0.38 seconds) finishing third.

The result also sends Shiffrin top of the list of all-time women’s slalom winners, moving ahead of Marlies Schild with her 36th win.

“When I was young, I wanted to be the best skier in the world,” Shiffrin said, via the Associated Press. “I was always watching Marlies. She was a legend. To me, she is the best slalom skier. I wouldn’t be here without her. For me, she has this record forever.”

Shiffrin became the youngest skier to reach 50 World Cup wins earlier this month.

“Records are meant to be broken. Somebody is going to come and break my record, I hope because that means maybe I have inspired someone as much as Marlies inspired me,” Shiffrin added. “If I can inspire any young athlete as much as she inspired me, then I did my job in this sport.”