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Mikaela Shiffrin’s wins record quest takes her back to where it all began, live on Peacock

Mikaela Shiffrin

SPINDLERUV MLYN, CZECH REPUBLIC - JANUARY 28: Mikaela Shiffrin of Team United States takes 1st place during the Audi FIS Alpine Ski World Cup Women’s Slalom on January 28, 2023 in Spindleruv Mlyn, Czech Republic. (Photo by Christophe Pallot/Agence Zoom/Getty Images)

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Mikaela Shiffrin‘s pursuit of the Alpine skiing World Cup wins record brings her to the place where she earned her first World Cup victory in December 2012.

Shiffrin races live on Peacock in a giant slalom on Friday (4 a.m. and 7 a.m. ET) and a slalom on Saturday (4:30 and 7:30 ET) in Åre, Sweden.

Highlights air Sunday at 3 p.m. ET on CNBC, and the NBC Sports app. A full Alpine skiing season broadcast schedule is here.

Shiffrin began the season with 74 World Cup victories and has since won a tour-leading 11 times.

She broke Lindsey Vonn‘s women’s career wins record (82) and is now one shy of the overall record of 86 held by Swede Ingemar Stenmark, a Swedish giant slalom and slalom star of the 1970s and ‘80s.

Shiffrin already accomplished her primary goal this season, winning her fifth World Cup overall title, the biggest annual prize in ski racing. It’s given to the skier who accumulates the most points over the entire World Cup season, and Shiffrin clinched it with seven races left in a 38-race campaign.

“At the start of the season, I didn’t think I was coming close to this 86 number [this year], so my goal was the overall globe,” she said this past weekend. “Now that I’m so close, the unfortunate thing is if I don’t get it [the record] this season, it could be that many people say it’s disappointing, but for me, I’m trying to keep everything realistic and maybe not get so greedy about it, because it might not happen this season.”

In December 2012, a 17-year-old Shiffrin earned her first World Cup victory under the lights in Åre. She became the second-youngest American to win an Alpine skiing World Cup race (Jody Nagel, 1969).

Stunned, she reportedly said then, “I don’t really like the success. … I like to sleep at night, and I like to hang around the hotel room with my mom. I’m afraid there might be a little hype with this. But I’ll take it. This is what I love to do.”

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