The Key to Mikaela Shiffrin’s All-Time Wins Crown? Forgetting About the Records

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Sports Illustrated

By Greg Bishop In order to eclipse Ingemar Stenmark’s record set more than 34 years ago and become the winningest alpine skier ever, Shiffrin had to redefine success and embrace the disappointments as part of her legacy. In late 2012, all-time greatness began at night in Åre, Sweden. Mikaela Shiffrin remembers that it was dark, that she reminded herself to race into the light, and that, when light snow fell, the flakes glistened in the floodlights. She’ll never forget the snowflakes, nor that moment, before her second slalom run, when she looked up into the trees and watched them fall. “They w…

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