Mikaela Shiffrin, shown here after winning the Flachau night slalom, has won the ESWA's Golden Ski Award for the third straight winter (Mitch Gunn/ESPA)
Franconia, NH (June 4) - The Eastern Ski Writers Association (ESWA) has awarded Mikaela Shiffrin (Eagle-Vail, CO) and Kieffer Christianson (Anchorage) with the 2013 Don A. Metivier Golden Ski Award.
This is Shiffrin’s third and Christianson’s first win. The winners were officially recognized at the New England Ski Museum in Franconia, NH, on May 31.
The Golden Ski Award has been presented to the top junior male and female skiers in the East since 1969. In 1975, the Ski was "lost." In 2007, the New England Ski Museum was given some artifacts, and in that donation was the original Golden Ski. ESWA revitalized the honor, and named it in memory of long-time snowsports journalist Don A. Metivier.
"The Golden Ski Award is the oldest honor given to alpine ski racers that exists today," said Jim Gregory, chair of the ESWA's Golden Ski Award Committee, "It has been presented to top ski racers from the East since 1969, the year after the modern World Cup circuit started. Many of the Golden Ski winners have gone on to World Cup gold as well. We are proud to honor Mikaela Shiffrin and Kieffer Christianson, two extraordinary athletes, and look forward watching them set the bar even higher as they pursue their careers on the slopes."
Golden Ski History 1969: Tyler Palmer, Karen Middleton 1970: Charles Bent, Karen Middleton 1971: Judy McNealus, Rod Taylor 1972: Jody Palmer, Laurent Gaudin 1973: Jerry McNealus, No female winner 1974: No award 1975: Holly Flanders, Scott Light 1976-2007: Award Lost 2008: Bump Heldman, Julia Ford 2009: Nolan Kasper, Julia Ford 2010: Ryan Cochran-Siegle, Julia Ford 2011: Ryan Cochran-Siegle, Mikaela Shiffrin 2012: Ryan Cochran-Siegle, Mikaela Shiffrin 2013: Kieffer Christianson, Mikaela Shiffrin