Mikaela Shiffrin celebrates after claiming her record-equalling 86th World Cup win ©Getty Images

American star Mikaela Shiffrin claimed women's giant slalom gold in Åre to equal the all-time record for the International Ski and Snowboard Federation Alpine Ski World Cup victories.

Shiffrin joined Swedish great Ingemar Stenmark on 86 World Cup wins as she underlined her own legendary status with a superb triumph.

The victory in the Swedish resort also saw her capture this season's giant slalom title - her 15th Crystal Globe trophy of her glittering career.

"This is just a spectacular day, oh my goodness," said Shiffrin.

"If you’d asked me, 'would you prefer to get this [86th] victory, or to win the globe?

"You get one, but you don’t get both'. I would choose the globe today."

Shiffrin, who captured her fifth overall FIS Alpine Ski World Cup title last week, stormed into the lead with a stunning first run time of 55.16sec.

The double Olympic champion then produced a solid run of 59.48 to claim gold in a combined time of 1:54.64.

"At the start and I knew I had won the GS globe before I raced [after Lara Gut-Behrami skied out]," said Shiffrin.

"I thought 'now I can take more risks and push a bit harder'.

"I got thrown around, but I tried to earn the victory as best I could.

"It’s a little too much to comprehend.

"It’s a pretty spectacular position to be in.

"I don’t take it for granted, to be in this position where people are asking me about when I’m going to win 86 or 87.

"It’s a cool place to be, even though it can be difficult to focus sometimes.

"But today I felt like the focus was there when I needed it to be, so it was fun to ski, and that was how I hoped it would be."

Italy’s Federica Brignone also impressed in Åre as she posted 1:55.28 for silver, while Sara Hector enjoyed home success after clocking 1:55.56 for bronze.

"I was really attacking and risking a lot," said Brignone.

"The goal was to try to catch Mikaela and I tried my best.

"I am happy because I’m again second, again on the podium."