Lindsey Vonn is a woman who can do both.
After Mikaela Shiffrin broke her former teammate’s record for female skiers with her 83rd World Cup victory, Vonn took the opportunity to congratulate her and knock out some haters online.
Responding to one person who tweeted that she was an “unkind person,” Vonn took the high road.
“I must be horribly unsympathetic,” she said said in a quote-tweet. “Maybe we rise instead of bring others down. Proud of Mikaëla. Not proud of your comments and I’m sure she would feel the same way. Have a great day.”
A number of Twitter users took advantage of Shiffrin, 27,’s victory in Italy to try and take a shot at Vonn, who clearly didn’t have it.
“Thank goodness she passed her,” one person tweeted of Shiffrin passing Vonn’s mark. “She’s so much nicer as a person.”
“Totally,” Von replied.
The 38-year-old, who retired in 2019 due to injury, wasn’t going to let a few trolls temper her admiration for Shiffrin. Her former Olympic teammate now has her sights set on Ingemar Stenmark’s overall record of 86 victories between men and women. He raced in the race in the 1970s and 80s. Shiffrin added her 84th victory Wednesday in another giant slalom and could match Stenmark if she wins two slaloms in Spindleruv Mlyn, Czech Republic, this weekend.
Shiffrin’s quest to be No. 1 is something Vonn has been preparing for.
“I’m really happy for Mikaela,” she told the AP ahead of Shiffrin’s record 82nd victory. “Records are made to be broken and that’s a sign of progress. And if someone is going to break my record, I’m really glad it’s an American.
“She will continue to push the boundaries and continue to inspire other Americans. There were many women who paved the way for me. And now it’s her turn to pave the way for the next generation.