Olympic Athletes >> Mikaela Shiffrin
- Date of Birth
March 13, 1995
Seen as the Next Big Thing in Alpine skiing, Shiffrin made her World Cup debut at age 15, then her earned first top-three finish at 16 by coming in third place at Lienz, Austria, in 2012. It only took the American until her second full season on tour to become the first women's World Cup slalom title winner from the U.S. since Tamara McKinney in 1983-84. Shiffrin also was the sixth-youngest woman from any country to win a World Cup title when, at 18, she had six podium finishes and four victories in the slalom. She even finished fifth in the overall World Cup standings. Bill Marolt, president and CEO of the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association, called her "a phenom."
At the world championships in February 2013, Shiffrin showed what she can do on a big stage, earning the gold medal in slalom. She also finished sixth in giant slalom there. During 2013, Shiffrin collected nine top-three World Cup race finishes, including four victories _ all in slalom. She had a chance to become the youngest female skier to win five World Cup slaloms in one calendar year, but finished second in a race at Lienz on Dec. 29. During the current World Cup season, she finished December with four podium appearances, two apiece in slalom and giant slalom. And of her first eight races, she finished eighth or better seven times.
Shiffrin is a medal favorite in the slalom, maybe even the favorite for gold.
Things To Know
- Shiffrin travels the World Cup circuit with her mom, Eileen, and physical trainer, Brie Pike-Sprenger.
- He was selected as World Cup rookie of the year in 2012, then picked as the best under-23 racer the following season.
- Shiffrin's father was a ski racer in college at Dartmouth.
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