Alessandro Trovati—AP

I started hearing about Mikaela Shiffrin when she was about 13 years old. She was a wunderkind on the mountain. Mikaela’s skiing more than lived up to expectations. Having won two Olympic gold medals and five overall World Cup titles, on March 11, Mikaela won her 87th World Cup ski race, surpassing the all-time record of 86, set by Ingemar Stenmark of Sweden.

Most people thought that record would never be broken, and having a female athlete do it is a really big deal. With Serena Williams stepping away from tennis, there’s room for another big female global sports superstar, and Mikaela can fill that opportunity. She’s really stepped into the spotlight and done a great job moving the needle for our sport.

She’s competing against herself at this point—she could reach 100 wins. It’s just a matter of how long Mikaela Shiffrin wants to keep at it. The sky’s the limit for her.

Vonn is a three-time Olympic-medalist skier

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