Shiffrin equals Vonn's World Cup win mark

American ski queen Mikaela Shiffrin has equalled the women's all-time record of 82 World Cup wins set by compatriot Lindsey Vonn when she topped a giant slalom in Slovenia.

The 27-year-old Shiffrin rebounded from sixth in a first giant slalom in Kranjska Gora the previous day to win by 0.77 seconds from Italy's Federica Brignone and 0.97 clear of the discipline's reigning world champion, Switzerland's Lara Gut-Behrami, in Sunday's follow-up race.

Shiffrin screamed in delight as she reached the historic milestone little over 10 years after her first win at age 17 on December 20, 2012, in a slalom in Are, Sweden.

"I was so nervous this run. I have a rash on my face I was so nervous," Shiffrin said.

"I don't know why, maybe a little bit was because of 82. I just really wanted to ski well, and I did.

"It was a fight. But it was pretty amazing conditions and I got a report from the coaches and they were like, 'It's really attackable, so just go for it'.

"I've been in this position before and I've given it away and today I wanted to fight for it."

Shiffrin, who already has eight wins this season, can gain sole possession of the women's record on Tuesday in a slalom in Flachau, Austria, and move within striking distance of the all-time record 86 victories from former Swedish men's slalom great Ingemar Stenmark.

In her glittering career, Shiffrin has won a 51 slaloms, 17 giant slaloms, five super-G and parallel races each, three downhills and one alpine combined.

She is also a two-time Olympic and six-time world champion, and with now eight season victories is well on course towards a fifth overall World Cup title.

Shiffrin and Vonn now each have 20 more wins than the next woman on the all-time list, Annemarie Moser-Proll of Austria, at 62.

While the often-injured Vonn required 395 races for her 82 wins, Shiffrin has done it in just 233 races.

And at her age, Shiffrin could compete for several more years and win many more races.

New Zealand star Alice Robinson was the victim of an ugly fall during her second run, crashing face first into the snow, but she quickly got up and skied to the bottom.

With AP