Mikaela Shiffrin 2.0: Featured in Ski Racing
Recently, in a three-hour interview with Biddle Duke for Ski Racing Media, three-time Olympic medalist Mikaela Shiffrin reflected on the most successful season of her career yet — the highs and lows and everything in between.
"The first half of 2018 was remarkable for Mikaela Shiffrin. During the season that began in late 2017 and concluded in the spring of 2018, she podiumed 18 times and won 12 World Cup races in three of the sport’s four disciplines."
Shiffrin's three downhill podiums "silenced doubters about her ability and progression in downhill and super-G. Then, she won a gold and silver medal at the Olympics in South Korea and put a cherry on top with her second overall FIS Ski World Cup title in as many years, and her fifth slalom title in six seasons.
"And yet, Shiffrin struggles under the mantle of greatness. Fans, sponsors, media, and Shiffrin herself, have come to expect evermore podiums. Even in a golden year like 2018 — where she clobbered the field in the final slalom of the season, beating the second-place finisher by almost two seconds — she feels like she could have carried more speed, won more medals, taken more risks. Just more."
Shiffrin's goals for 2018-19? As you can imagine, they're big. Because "big" is the only way for this 23-year-old athlete — one of the fiercest and most focused competitors on the circuit.
“To be the top name in skiing, that’s something that’s developed over the years, especially as a result of the Olympics. But for this season, it’s all about putting up giant slalom and slalom results, being a contender in Super-G and downhill, and the overall globe.”