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Shiffrin Killington 11-24-18
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Mikaela Shiffrin

Three-time overall World Cup Champion
  • Hometown
    Edwards, Colo.
  • Team
    2020 U.S. Ski & Snowboard Team , Alpine A
  • Years on Team
    10 (since 2011)
  • Born
  • Club(s)
    Burke Mountain Academy/Ski and Snowboard Club Vail
  • School:
    Burke Mountain Academy

"It was one of my big goals to win in every discipline when I first started racing!"

7 Things You Didn't Know About Mikaela Shiffrin

  • 1. The first athlete to win in all six World Cup disciplines
  • 2. Mikaela is the first alpine athlete to win the World Cup overall, slalom, giant slalom, and super-G Crystal Globes in a single season.
  • 3. Made World Cup debut at 15-years-old in 2011 at Spindleruv Mlyn, Czech Republic
  • 4. Holds the record for largest win margin in slalom for women - 3.07 seconds
  • 5. Finished 17th overall in the World Cup slalom standings in her rookie season in 2012
  • 6. First World Cup podium, third in the slalom in Lienz, Austria at age 16 in 2012
  • 7. Youngest racer ever to reach 50 World Cup victories!

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Two-time 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.

In 2017, Shiffrin had an impressive season — grabbing six slalom victories, three giant slalom victories and one alpine combined victory to her trophy case. In fact, the word "impressive" is quite the understatement. Add to that her third straight World Championship slalom title and a silver medal in the giant slalom in St. Moritz, Switzerland, along with her fourth career World Cup slalom title and her first-ever Overall title, and it's quite clear Shiffrin's dominance continues to move forward full steam ahead. In 2018, she grabbed a career record 12 victories across four disciplines (slalom, giant slalom, parallel slalom and downhill). Yes, you read that correctly - gold in downhill at Lake Louise. Add to that her second-straight overall title, fifth slalom title in six seasons, and the big ones: Olympic gold medal in the giant slalom and silver medal in the alpine combined at PyeongChang. W-O-W.

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 a summary of her past six seasons:

  • In 2013 Shiffrin became the first U.S. slalom World Cup champion since Tamara McKinney in 1983-84. She backed it up in 2014 with title number two by notching five wins. And again in 2015 with five more wins. Three straight World Cup slalom titles, folks.
  • She became the youngest woman in U.S. history to win a World Championship and the youngest athlete in history (male or female) to win an Olympic slalom gold medal.
  • Shiffrin has notched 43 career World Cup wins across five disciplines (slalom, giant slalom, parallel, alpine combined and downhill) and holds the U.S. record in slalom. She snagged her first giant slalom victory in 2015 at the season-opener in Soelden and added three more to her trophy case in 2017, including a sweep in Semmering and a win on home soil in Squaw Valley, California. She also won her first alpine combined in Crans Montana, Switzerland in 2017, and her first downhill in Lake Louise in the 2018 - safe to say that with this win, she has arrived on speed scene. 
  • With 43 career wins (as of March 2018), Shiffrin has the second-most World Cup victories by a U.S. woman, behind only Lindsey Vonn with 82. And she's only 23 years old.
  • In the 2016 slalom opener at Aspen, Shiffrin blew away a 34-year-old winning drought in Aspen, with no American woman standing on top of the Audi FIS Ski World Cup podium at Aspen since Tamara McKinney won in 1981. And Shiffrin didn’t just break the record; she annihilated it, winning the race by 3.07 seconds. That margin broke yet another record—it was the largest women’s slalom win margin since 1968 by .07 seconds.
  • Shiffrin won all five of the slalom races she competed in during the 2016 season, and she did it by a combined time of 10.56 seconds—that's a 2.11-second average margin of victory.
  • In 2017 at the St. Moritz, Switzerland World Championships, Shiffrin grabbed her third-straight slalom title. 
  • During the 2017 season, Shiffrin snagged two tech series gold medal sweeps—in Semmering and Squaw Valley. She also recorded three victories on home soil—two in Squaw Valley, California (one giant slalom and one slalom) and one in Killington, Vermont. 
  • Shiffrin joined an elite group of American skiers in 2017, becoming just the fifth to win an Overall title, and she did it at a mere 22-years-old. She also won her fourth World Cup slalom title and was second overall in the giant slalom standings. She grabbed her second-straight overall globe in 2018, along with her fifth slalom globe in six seasons. 
  • In 2018, Shiffrin fulfilled her goal of reaching the top of the podium in the giant slalom at the Olympics, with gold in GS and a silver in the alpine combined. 

With both tech and speed disciplines now in her arsenal, she’s a legit threat in every discipline she enters. Safe to say…the future is bright for Shiffrin. 

Shiffrin was getting freshies down the family driveway at age three and quickly graduated to running gates at Vail.

"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 free ski 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.

Shiffrin has no problem picking up a racquet and batting around a little green ball. "I love playing tennis and soccer, but skiing is definitely number one." Dad raced for Dartmouth and Mom is a Masters racer. Big bro, Taylor, was also a collegiate racer and she is his No. 1 fan. Reading is also a distraction of choice, but she says it's tough to find time for anything other than textbooks. When it comes to movies, it's all about romantic comedies. "Don't even try to get me to watch a horror movie."