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Mikaela Shiffrin breaks record for most individual world championship medals, thanks former coach

Feb 16, 2023

Mikaela Shiffrin’s time at the world championships has been somewhat turbulent, but the unexpected exit of her longtime coach and a mistaken protest against her weren’t enough to keep the 27-year-old from making history Thursday in Meribel, France.

After winning her first giant slalom title, Shiffrin became the most decorated skier in modern world Alpine skiing championships history, with 13 medals.

With seven of those medals being gold, Shiffrin is no stranger to making history, but she admitted that Thursday’s run wasn’t easy given the circumstances.

"My whole body went numb down there. … So much stress,” she said on France TV after the win. “I thought that maybe you just threw everything away, or maybe you’re going to go harder now."

Shiffrin led by 36 hundredths at the last intermediate split, but a late slip between gates almost cost her the edge.

“I don’t even know how to explain it, but my heart is just going crazy. I feel like I’m going to faint,” she added.

Source: Yahoo Sports

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