Mikaela Shiffrin went from rising star to one of the best ski racers in American history in a matter of years. The only question is, how far and fast can she go? (USSA)
Last week, Vail Daily’s on-snow correspondent Ross Leonhart rode the chairlift with Shiffrin between training runs to talk on Beaver Creek’s Centennial Express lift.
Mikaela Shiffrin's (Eagle-Vail, CO) standout performance last month earned her a Best of March honor from the U.S. Olympic Committee’s Team USA Awards.
Four U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association athletes have been nominated for the U.S. Olympic Committee’s Team USA Awards, Best of March.
The U.S. Ski Team wrapped up the Audi FIS Ski World Cup season with more than 76,000 fans attending U.S. events with estimated global TV audiences of over 25 million tuning in.
Mikaela Shiffrin (Vail, CO) wrapped up a stellar season by lifting the overall World Cup crystal globe over her head in front of a roaring home state crowd.
Mikaela Shiffrin, who swept the tech series and clinched the slalom globe at Squaw Valley, California, is attempting to bring home her career first overall World Cup title this week in Aspen, Colorado.
Just before leaving for the Squaw Valley World Cup series where she swept the wins at both the slalom and giant slalom, Mikaela Shiffrin (Eagle-Vail, CO) spent a couple days spring skiing with the kids of Ski & Snowboard Club Vail.
A day after winning the giant slalom, Mikaela Shiffrin won again, this time in slalom at the Audi FIS Ski World Cup in front of 12,000 fans on a sunny California day.
Mikaela Shiffrin moved one step closer to the overall World Cup title after winning Friday’s Audi FIS Ski World Cup giant slalom.
The Audi FIS Ski World Cup returns to Squaw Valley for the first time since 1969, when local legend Billy Kidd took home slalom gold on home snow.
Mikaela Shiffrin won her first career Audi FIS Ski World Cup alpine combined event Sunday, and increased her overall World Cup lead heading into the final four races of the season.
Mikaela Shiffrin finished 13th at the Audi FIS Ski World Cup super G under brilliant blue skies and warm sunshine Saturday.
Ilka Stuhec narrowed the gap ever so slightly as Mikaela Shiffrin maintained her overall Audi FIS Ski World Cup lead despite not starting Friday’s alpine combined event.
The Audi FIS Ski World Cup circuit resumes this weekend at Crans-Montana, Switzerland for the women and Kvitfjell, Norway for the men.
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Olympic gold medalist Mikaela Shiffrin began turning heads almost instantly when she finished top 15 in her first two NorAm Cup races. But the heads started spinning when she won a super combined in British Colombia two weeks later, and then ski fans and coaches went cross-eyed when she landed a World Cup podium during her rookie season—at age 16. She then proceeded to blow the world apart with a World Championship slalom gold medal and the World Cup slalom title during her sophomore year. She topped herself again in 2014, earning five more World Cup wins, giant slalom podiums, an Olympic gold medal and a second-straight slalom title. In 2015 she really wowed us—successfully defending her World Championship slalom title on home turf under immense pressure at Vail/Beaver Creek, and then snagging her third-straight slalom title. During the 2016 season, Shiffrin sustained a knee injury during a warm-up run in Are, Sweden in December and was sidelined. That didn't stop her for too long, though—she came back and went on to win all of the remaining slalom races she competed in on the World Cup tour.
Shiffrin's meteoric rise into the World Cup elite wasn't a surprise to anyone who's been paying attention. With the work ethic and passion of a veteran, Shiffrin posted her first World Cup starts as a 15-year-old and nearly scored her first points. Her first podium happened a year later (2012), and then she let loose. Here’s summary of her past four seasons:
With a giant slalom victory under her belt and speed now in her arsenal, she’s a legit threat in two disciplines which could quickly turn into three during the 2017 season. Safe to say…the future is bright.
"When I was a J5 I did a lot of freeskiing and I actually didn't like freeskiing. I just thought it was a waste of time and I would've rather been training or directed freeskiing. I always wanted to be thinking of something, whether it was arms forward or my parents had a saying 'knees to skis and hands in front'—it's been drilled into my head and every time I get on snow that's what I start thinking. I did freeski a lot. I did do a lot of drills. It was probably 1/3 freeskiing, 1/3 drills, 1/3 gates, and I did a lot of mogul skiing. I loved skiing the bumps, just the rhythm, trying not to eat it on a bump was really fun for me."
All that balanced time on snow paid off in a hurry, and a couple of NorAm wins and a Junior Worlds medal prompted U.S. coaches to give her a call. While walking to her dorm at Burke, she noticed several missed calls from her coach and her father, plus "20 jillion texts." A few weeks later, she was in the start gate at her first World Cup—at age 15.
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