Bode Miller says there is no other way to describe Mikaela Shiffrin other than "phenom," but those who know her will tell you she works every bit as hard to deserve the results that have made her the fastest rising star in years. (Mitchell Gunn/ESPA)
Slalom World Champion Mikaela Shiffrin (Eagle-Vail, CO) earned her first Audi FIS World Cup giant slalom podium Sunday, taking second during the final event of the Nature Valley Raptor women’s World Cup week.
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World Champion Mikaela Shiffrin (Eagle-Vail, CO) dominated the Audi FIS Alpine World Cup opening slalom with a wire-to-wire victory to notch the fifth World Cup win of her young career.
This weekend the Audi FIS Alpine World Cup tour travels to Levi, Finland, where top U.S. athletes Mikaela Shiffrin and Ted Ligety will race slalom alongside a strong list of starters.
Universal Sports Network will debut Countdown to Sochi, a weekly show capturing the most compelling stories leading up to the 2014 Sochi Games today, October 30, at 8 PM ET.
Slalom World Champion Mikaela Shiffrin (Eagle-Vail, CO) skied into sixth place in the Soelden giant slalom to kick off the 2014 Audi FIS Alpine World Cup Season.
Opening weekend action will be brought to the USA live for the first time ever by Universal Sports.
Ted Ligety (Park City, UT), a two-time winner of the Audi FIS Alpine World Cup opening race, highlights a group of nine U.S. athletes expected to start the 20th running of the Soelden giant slalom.
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Beaver Creek Resort received its first natural snow of the season Sunday night, just over two months in advance of the mens' and women's Audi FIS Alpine World Cup races.
The legacy of the Vail Valley as a world renowned Audi FIS Alpine World Cup venue gained additional power and grace Friday as the 2015 World Champs Organizing Committee introduced "Raptor" as the name of the newly constructed women's speed track.
Warmer than expected conditions meant softer snow than the women’s tech team had hoped for in New Zealand, but it was a productive camp at Coronet Peak, nevertheless.
After a blitz of summer conditioning, it's time for the women's technical team of Mikaela Shiffrin (Eagle-Vail, CO) and Resi Stiegler (Jackson Hole, WY) to get back on snow with their annual trek to New Zealand.
The successful athletic leadership that helped guide one of the most successful seasons in women's alpine history will continue to direct the 2014 U.S. Alpine Ski Team with the philosophy that idleness is not an option.
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Recent Burke Mountain Academy grad (June 2013) 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. Tuned Ski fans and coaches went cross-eyed when she landed a World Cup podium during her rookie season – at age 16 – and then blew the world apart with a World Championship slalom gold medal and the World Cup slalom title during her sophomore year.
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 in 2012, then she let loose.
In only her second full season on the Audi FIS Alpine World Cup, Shiffrin nabbed World Champs slalom gold, four World Cup slalom wins (six podiums) and capped the winter with a legendary, come-from-behind victory in the final race of the season to clinch the slalom title. In terms of stats, go with these:
Safe to say…her future is bright.
Winning the slalom title was my goal from the beginning of this year. The World Championships title was amazing, but it wasn’t a goal that I had set. I almost forgot World Championships were happening this year until they happened, and that was just a cherry on top of the cake. This was what I was really shooting for all season, to be consistently one of the top slalom skiers. So this title means a lot to me.
I think it’s most important that I just try to connect with the younger kids. Most of them say they watch the World Cup races, so I think they’ve seen the skiing and it’s probably cool to see it live. But I think the most important thing is that I get to have some time face-to-face with them and show them I’m not actually that different and that I’m a goofball. We can have conversations and they can get to this point.
"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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