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? (USSA)
Mikaela Shiffrin rebounded from a disappointing first run to land on the podium in a tie for third at the Audi FIS Ski World Cup slalom.
Mikaela Shiffrin extended her overall World Cup lead with her 24th career slalom victory at the Audi FIS Ski World Cup Sunday in Maribor, Slovenia.
Mikaela Shiffrin finished fourth in Saturday’s Audi FIS Ski World Cup giant slalom in Maribor, Slovenia.
The Audi FIS Ski World Cup tech train rolls from the Zagreb station onward to Maribor for the women and Adelboden, Switzerland for the men.
Mikaela Shiffrin, the reigning Snow Queen who won the past two races Zagreb, Croatia in 2013 and 2015, is going for her eight-straight slalom victory Tuesday.
Mikaela Shiffrin put together a brilliant, come-from-behind second run to sweep the tech series at Semmering and take her seventh-straight Audi FIS Ski World Cup slalom victory.
Mikaela Shiffrin battled through a snowstorm to win her second giant slalom in a row at the Audi FIS Ski World Cup Wednesday.
Mikaela Shiffrin won her second career Audi FIS Ski World Cup giant slalom race Tuesday in Semmering, Austria.
Rescheduled events from Courchevel for the ladies, and Lake Louise for the men kick off this week’s schedule in Semmering, Austria and Santa Caterina, Italy.
Strong and gusty winds forced officials to cancel the Audi FIS Ski World Cup women’s giant slalom Tuesday.
Standing in the starting gate, history was not on Mikaela Shiffrin’s mind.
Mikaela Shiffrin (Eagle-Vail, CO) crushed second run to take her sixth-straight slalom win at the Audi FIS Ski World Cup in Sestriere by over a second.
In a tight race, Mikaela Shiffrin (Eagle-Vail, CO) grabbed her third top-10 giant slalom result in a row, taking sixth place at the Audi FIS Ski World Cup GS in Sestriere, Italy.
After a record-setting five Americans scored points last Sunday, Ted Ligety will lead the team into the third giant slalom of the season on Saturday, followed by slalom on 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. During the 2016 season, Shiffrin sustained a knee injury during a warm-up run in Are, Sweden in December and was sidelined. That didn't stop her for too long, though—she came back and went on to win all of the remaining slalom races she competed in on the World Cup tour.
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 four seasons:
With a giant slalom victory under her belt and speed now in her arsenal, she’s a legit threat in two disciplines which could quickly turn into three during the 2017 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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