(Oberhofen) Mikaela Shiffrin made World Cup history again by becoming the first alpine skier to cross the US$1 million mark in scholarships.
Shiffrin’s win in Sunday’s giant slalom was his 13th since October and boosted his total purse this season to 964,200 Swiss francs, or $1.04 million.
This sets a new mark in alpine skiing and put him ahead of Marco Odermatt, whose giant slalom victory on Saturday in his last race of the season boosted his purse to 1.017 million.
This amount is also a new mark among men. The former mark of $724,000 had been held by Marcel Hirscher since the 2017-18 season.
In 2018-19, Shiffrin’s best purse season so far, she earned $958,000. She had also won the crystal globe in the general classification that season, which the American achieved again this winter, for the fifth time.
This historic season on the World Cup circuit saw the 28-year-old add to his record with an 88th victory, including a 21st in the giant slalom, which is also a mark of the Grand Cirque blanc.
Her purse total was almost three times that of her closest rival, Sofia Goggia, who won $365,000, thanks in part to five gold medals in the downhill.
On the men’s side Aleksander Aamodt Kilde, Shiffrin’s spouse, followed Odermatt in the top prize money rankings with $673,000 in earnings.