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)
Sunday’s Audi FIS Ski World Cup downhill was cancelled due to unsafe conditions after the Swiss resort received more than 50cm of new snow. So the U.S. women’s speed team went powder skiing!
The Audi FIS Ski World Cup tour continues this weekend with the women racing in Crans-Montana, Switzerland and the men in Yazawa Naeba.
One week from today, Mikaela Shiffrin will be racing on the World Cup again – commencing her comeback at the rescheduled Maribor slalom in Crans Montana, Switzerland on Monday, Feb. 15.
One year ago today, the U.S. Ski Team was anxiously anticipating the start of the 2015 FIS World Ski Championships in the United States.
U.S. Ski Team and SnowSports Industries America (SIA) recognized Atomic for its support of the Team and the sport of ski racing with the Doc DesRoches Award.
From Ted Ligety and Andrew Weibrecht standing on the podium together at Beaver Creek, to Lindsey Vonn's sweep at "Lake Lindsey," there are a number of highlights from the 2015/2016 season. (USSA)
Mikaela Shiffrin starts on a road to recovery after tearing a ligament in her knee last weekend.
The tech teams head to Val d'Isere and Åre and kick off racing on Saturday.
Lindsey Vonn (Vail, CO) took her 70th World Cup victory and third Lake Louise sweep on Sunday with a 1.32 second win over Austria’s Tamara Tippler.
Mikaela Shiffrin (Eagle-Vail, CO) did it again on Sunday, winning her second Aspen Winternational slalom in two days.
It was a historic day at the Nature Valley Aspen Winternational, as Mikaela Shiffrin (Eagle-Vail, CO) dominated her competitors by over three seconds to take the first American slalom win at Aspen since 1981.
It was a crushing day at the Aspen Winternational, as both Mikaela Shiffrin (Eagle-Vail, CO) and Lindsey Vonn (Vail, CO) both crashed and did not finish.
World Cup action kicks off this weekend in Aspen and Lake Louise.
Ted Ligety and Mikaela Shiffrin were nominated for Team USA's Female and Male Athlete of the Month.
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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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