Marlies Schild breaks record of Vreni Schneider
Austria’s slalom ace Marlies Schild broke the 19 year old record for the number of World Cup slalom victories by securing her 35th victory on home snow in Lienz on 29th December 2013.
The 32-year-old former world champion from 2011 at Garmisch-Partenkirchen (GER) passed the 34 victories of Switzerland's skiing legend Vreni Schneider, one of the most successful Alpine skiers, who ended her career in 1995. Schild is also the second lady in World Cup history to win 35 or more races in one event after Austria's Annemarie Moser-Pröll who scored 36 World Cup downhill races.
"It’s just amazing. It's hard to believe but now for sure the record is mine", Schild said. "I didn't really expect it after my first run that was far from perfect. Even after crossing the finish line in the second run my feeling wasn't that good. Tying the record in the last race in Courchevel took some pressure off of me. But I was still very nervous and it is always special to race at home. Lienz is a special place for me. I lived strong times of my life here, like my first victory after my injury in 2008. And now this record. I can't say more that I am extremely happy right now!"
Also celebrating a major milestone at the end of 2013 was Norway's Aksel Lund Svindal, who earned his 25th career victory on the World Cup tour with his downhill win in Bormio on the legendary Stelvio course. It was especially notable as Svindal's first-ever downhill win on Italian soil. He crossed the finish line in 1:54:08, 0.39 seconds ahead of runner-up Hannes Reichelt (AUT) and Canada's Erik Guay.