Mikaela Shiffrin: 10 things you didn't know about the skier

Mikaela Shiffrin: 10 things you didn't know about the skier

<p>Shiffrin is the youngest slalom champion in the history of Olympic Alpine skiing. She was just 18 years and 345 days old when she captured gold in the women’s slalom at the 2014 Sochi Games. </p>
Mikaela Shiffrin: 10 things you didn’t know about the skiier

Shiffrin is the youngest slalom champion in the history of Olympic Alpine skiing. She was just 18 years and 345 days old when she captured gold in the women’s slalom at the 2014 Sochi Games.

<p>She’s aiming to become the first woman to win consecutive Olympic gold medals in the slalom. No American has ever medaled in the event more than once. </p>
Mikaela Shiffrin: 10 things you didn’t know about the skiier

She’s aiming to become the first woman to win consecutive Olympic gold medals in the slalom. No American has ever medaled in the event more than once.

<p>Shiffrin struggled in the lead-up to PyeongChang. Over her last five events, she notched two seventh-place finishes and failed to finish the other three. She also finished seventh in her last World Cup event before Sochi, where she captured gold. </p>
Mikaela Shiffrin: 10 things you didn’t know about the skiier

Shiffrin struggled in the lead-up to PyeongChang. Over her last five events, she notched two seventh-place finishes and failed to finish the other three. She also finished seventh in her last World Cup event before Sochi, where she captured gold.

<p>Mikaela has been studying German with a tutor based in Denver via Skype. Last fall, she presented an honor to Marcel Hirscher, the world’s top male slalom skier, at an Austrian sports-awards show—and did it all in German. </p>
Mikaela Shiffrin: 10 things you didn’t know about the skiier

Mikaela has been studying German with a tutor based in Denver via Skype. Last fall, she presented an honor to Marcel Hirscher, the world’s top male slalom skier, at an Austrian sports-awards show—and did it all in German.

<p>Mikaela grew up idolizing Lindsey Vonn, but has stood on the same podium with the American skiing legend just once, despite a combined 193 top-three finishes in World Cup events. The lone instance? Jan. 19, in a downhill at Cortina d’Ampezzo, Italy, wherein Vonn and Shiffrin finished second and third, respectively. </p>
Mikaela Shiffrin: 10 things you didn’t know about the skiier

Mikaela grew up idolizing Lindsey Vonn, but has stood on the same podium with the American skiing legend just once, despite a combined 193 top-three finishes in World Cup events. The lone instance? Jan. 19, in a downhill at Cortina d’Ampezzo, Italy, wherein Vonn and Shiffrin finished second and third, respectively.

<p>In terms of World Cup success, Mikaela is already well ahead of Lindsey Vonn’s career pace. Shiffrin has racked up 41 World Cup wins—a record for anyone under the age of 23. Vonn, who’s the all-time leader among women with 81 victories, had just seven before her 23rd birthday. </p>
Mikaela Shiffrin: 10 things you didn’t know about the skiier

In terms of World Cup success, Mikaela is already well ahead of Lindsey Vonn’s career pace. Shiffrin has racked up 41 World Cup wins—a record for anyone under the age of 23. Vonn, who’s the all-time leader among women with 81 victories, had just seven before her 23rd birthday.

<p>Shiffrin grew up mostly on the East Coast, but was born and currently resides in the same place where Lindsey Vonn lives: Vail, Colorado. The town of fewer than 6,000 residents began as a ski resort and is home to the largest ski mountain in Colorado. </p>
Mikaela Shiffrin: 10 things you didn’t know about the skiier

Shiffrin grew up mostly on the East Coast, but was born and currently resides in the same place where Lindsey Vonn lives: Vail, Colorado. The town of fewer than 6,000 residents began as a ski resort and is home to the largest ski mountain in Colorado.

<p>Mikaela’s mom, Eileen, is one of her coaches. During her high school years, Eileen raced in the Berkshires in her native Massachusetts. </p>
Mikaela Shiffrin: 10 things you didn’t know about the skiier

Mikaela’s mom, Eileen, is one of her coaches. During her high school years, Eileen raced in the Berkshires in her native Massachusetts.

<p>Shiffrin’s nickname is “Sir Naps A Lot.” She naps nearly every day, despite getting around 10 hours of sleep per night. She clinched the 2017 World Cup overall title while she was snoozing. </p>
Mikaela Shiffrin: 10 things you didn’t know about the skiier

Shiffrin’s nickname is “Sir Naps A Lot.” She naps nearly every day, despite getting around 10 hours of sleep per night. She clinched the 2017 World Cup overall title while she was snoozing.

<p>poses for a portrait during the Team USA Media Summit ahead of the PyeongChang 2018 Olympic Winter Games on September 26, 2017 in Park City, Utah. </p>
Mikaela Shiffrin: 10 things you didn’t know about the skiier

poses for a portrait during the Team USA Media Summit ahead of the PyeongChang 2018 Olympic Winter Games on September 26, 2017 in Park City, Utah.

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