Mikaela Shiffrin will probably become the most prolific World Cup women's slalom winner in the coming weeks, but she said on Wednesday she would never consider herself the equal of the current record holder.
Their careers briefly overlapped before Schild retired in 2014, shortly after the young upstart from the United States had started to exert increasing dominance in the discipline.
"All signs point to I'll probably break the slalom record this season," Shiffrin said on a U.S. Ski and Snowboard conference from St. Moritz, where she is preparing for this weekend's World Cup races at the Swiss resort.
Shiffrin is not scheduled to race the event again until Dec. 22 in Courchevel, France.
Although Schild was a slalom specialist, Shiffrin's all-around excellence extends to every discipline, from the adrenaline-rush speed of the downhill to the technically-demanding but less exhilarating slalom.
"Conditions promoted an aggressive line and I was the only one to ski that line.
"I wouldn't say I've ever perfected the timing of the Super G. Sunday's the closest I came to nailing (it).
"I think everybody's going to come into this next race in St Moritz and take it up a notch."
But Shiffrin is still delighted to know she is a threat every time she puts on her skis, no matter what the event.
She said the speed and slalom events were not only different technically, but also mentally.
"When you're actually skiing the course it feels like you're meditating," she said of the downhill, where speeds of more than 100 kilometres per hour are not uncommon.
"It's a really fine line between that incredible mediation feeling and getting rattled off the course and (thinking) you're going to die." (Reporting by Andrew Both in Cary, North Carolina, editing by Ed Osmond)
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