Records tumble as Mikaela Shiffrin ends 2018 with slalom success

    Mikaela Shiffrin turns on the style during her record breaking victory in the World Cup slalom event in Semmering in Austria to record her 15th World Cup victory of the season.

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    • Mikaela Shiffrin wins Semmering slalom
    • Record 15th World Cup win in 2018
    • Surpasses Marlies Schild record

    (CNN)Mikaela Shiffrin began 2018 with a New Year's Day victory in Oslo. She ended it with the most World Cup wins by any competitor in a calendar year, surpassing her childhood idol as the most successful female slalom skier in history.

    Her victory in Saturday's slalom at Semmering in Austria was the 23-year-old American's 15th World Cup win of 2018 and 36th overall in slalom, beating the record of the Austrian great Marlies Schild.
      It did not come easy. Under pressure from her arch rival Petra Vlhova, Shiffrin held off the charging Slovak by 0.29 seconds after two runs on the Zauberberg, with Swiss Wendy Holdener in third place.
      A disappointing fifth place in giant slalom the day before, in a race won by Vlhova, had left seeds of doubt. But Shiffrin reasserted her dominance in slalom to claim her 51st World Cup win in all disciplines.