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? (Philippe Desmazes/AFP/Getty Images)
Mikaela Shiffrin (Eagle-Vail, CO) is a name you hear constantly in the ski racing world. And the rest of the sports world is starting to take notice.
USSA has developed a strategic partnership with top sports advertising agency Adore Creative to produce branding spots for both the U.S. Ski Team and U.S. Grand Prix.
It wasn’t only the ski racing community that noticed Shiffrin’s remarkable comeback. Team USA nominated her for their ‘Best of March’ award.
Mikaela Shiffrin wrapped up the season with her second national title in giant slalom Sunday at the Nature Valley U.S. Alpine Championships.
Mikaela Shiffrin and David Chodounsky each skied to their fourth U.S. national slalom titles Friday in Sun Valley, Idaho.
The U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association (USSA) has selected Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows as the proposed site of an Audi FIS Ski World Cup in 2017.
As the season was coming to a close, Mikaela Shiffrin had a choice to make. She chose conservatively, as is often the case. And she chose wisely.
The World Cup season wrapped up under the St. Moritz sunshine for David Chodounsky and Mikaela Shiffrin Sunday at the World Cup Finals.
Mikaela Shiffrin provided another dominating slalom victory – her fifth win of the season – Saturday at the Audi FIS Ski World Cup Finals.
Mikaela Shiffrin headlines the U.S. team in her quest for a 10th consecutive slalom victory as the Audi FIS Ski World Cup Finals kick off Wednesday in St. Moritz, Switzerland.
A day after winning the slalom by over two seconds, Mikaela Shiffrin (Eagle-Vail, CO) took 14th in the Audi FIS Ski World Cup giant slalom in Jasna, Slovakia.
Mikaela Shiffrin won Sunday’s slalom by 2.36 seconds for her 18th career Audi FIS Ski World Cup slalom victory.
A healthy and strong Mikaela Shiffrin is ready for her first full tech weekend since returning from a knee injury sustained in Åre, Sweden.
Mikaela Shiffrin finished eighth in her first World Cup alpine combined event as Lindsey Vonn rebounded from Saturday’s crash to finish 13th Sunday.
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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.
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 three seasons:
With a giant slalom victory under her belt and super G training well underway, she’s now a legit threat in two disciplines which could quickly turn into three during the 2016 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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