In 2017, Mikaela Shiffrin joined an elite group of American skiers becoming just the fifth in history to win the Overall title. (Tom Pennington/Getty Images)
Kicking off the Olympic season and 2017-18 FIS World Cup, Mikaela Shiffrin took fifth place at the annual giant slalom in Soelden, Austria.
The 2017-18 FIS World Cup season kicks off this weekend in Soelden, Austria with men’s and women’s giant slalom. See which U.S. athletes are racing and how to watch.
In honor of #NationalPastaDay, we're sharing Mikaela Shiffrin's favorite pasta dish: spring pork peppers and salsa pasta.
The New York Times travel section published a Q&A with Mikaela Shiffrin, exploring Shiffrin’s favorite resorts on the World Cup circuit, the difference between the American and European ski cultures, how she deals with travel fatigue and more.
The Women's Sports Foundation has named Mikaela Shiffrin as a finalist for its 2017 Sportswoman of the Year award.
The ski racing industry isn’t the only one who noticed Mikaela Shiffrin's season. Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Awards has nominated her for their Favorite Female Athlete award.
The USSA is recognizing eight athletes in its annual awards.
Paste Magazine talked with Shiffrin about her fitness background and how she maintains her health, nutrition and strength with such a busy schedule.
Last week, Vail Daily’s on-snow correspondent Ross Leonhart rode the chairlift with Shiffrin between training runs to talk on Beaver Creek’s Centennial Express lift.
Mikaela Shiffrin's (Eagle-Vail, CO) standout performance last month earned her a Best of March honor from the U.S. Olympic Committee’s Team USA Awards.
Four U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association athletes have been nominated for the U.S. Olympic Committee’s Team USA Awards, Best of March.
The U.S. Ski Team wrapped up the Audi FIS Ski World Cup season with more than 76,000 fans attending U.S. events with estimated global TV audiences of over 25 million tuning in.
Mikaela Shiffrin (Vail, CO) wrapped up a stellar season by lifting the overall World Cup crystal globe over her head in front of a roaring home state crowd.
Mikaela Shiffrin, who swept the tech series and clinched the slalom globe at Squaw Valley, California, is attempting to bring home her career first overall World Cup title this week in Aspen, Colorado.
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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.
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. Watch out, PyeongChang...she's coming for you!
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 five seasons:
With four giant slalom victories and an alpine combined victory now under her belt and speed now in her arsenal, she’s a legit threat in four disciplines. Safe to say…the future is bright for Shiffrin heading into a big Olympic year. Bring it on, PyeongChang!
"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.
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