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Mikaela Shiffrin Wikipedia

Mikaela Shiffrin
— Alpine skier —
Mikaela Shiffrin ad Andalo nel 2012.jpg
Shiffrin in February 2012
DisciplinesSlalom, giant slalom
ClubBurke Mountain Academy
Born(1995-03-13) March 13, 1995 (age 19)

Vail, Colorado, U.S.
Height5 ft 7 in (1.70 m)
World Cup debutMarch 11, 2011 (age 15)
Teams1 – (2014)
Medals1 (1 gold)
World Championships
Teams1 – (2013)
Medals1 (1 gold)
World Cup
Seasons3rd – (2012–14)
Wins9 – (9 SL)
Podiums16 – (13 SL, 2 GS, 1 PS)
Overall titles0 – (5th in 2013)
Discipline titles2 – (SL, 2013, 2014)
Mikaela Pauline Shiffrin (born March 13, 1995) is a World Cup alpine ski racer with the U.S. Ski Team, specializing in the technical events of slalom and giant slalom. She is the reigning Olympic, World Cup and world champion in slalom. Shiffrin is the youngest slalom champion in Olympic alpine skiing history, at 18 years and 345 days.


      Background and early years

      Born in Eagle-Vail, Colorado, Shiffrin is the second child of Eileen (née Condron) and Jeff Shiffrin, both originally from the Northeast and former ski racers. When Mikaela was eight in 2003, the family moved to rural New Hampshire near Lyme, where her anesthesiologist father worked at Dartmouth–Hitchcock Medical Center. After five years, he took a new job in Denver; older brother Taylor was in high school at Burke Mountain Academy in northeastern Vermont, and stayed. Mikaela also attended Burke for middle school, but went with her parents to Colorado, but soon returned to Burke.

      Shiffrin began rising up through the ranks in alpine racing as soon as she was old enough to compete in FIS sanctioned races. While meeting the minimum age requirement of 15 years, she won a Nor-Am Cup super combined race in December 2010 at Panorama in British Columbia, only the eighth FIS-level race in which she had competed. Shiffrin followed it up by three podiums in her next three Nor-Am races: runner-up in a super-G, third in a GS, and victory in a slalom. Weeks later, she won a pair of Nor-Am slalom races held at Sunday River, Maine. A month later Shiffrin took the slalom bronze medal at the FIS Junior World Ski Championships held at Crans-Montana, Switzerland (after having been down with a stomach flu the day before).

      World Cup

      Shiffrin made her World Cup debut on March 11, 2011, in a giant slalom at Špindlerův Mlýn in the Czech Republic. In early April, just a few weeks after her 16th birthday, she won the slalom title at the U.S. National Championships at Winter Park, Colorado, and became the youngest American ski racer to claim a national alpine crown.

      2012 season

      On December 29, 2011, Shiffrin made her first World Cup podium at a slalom in Lienz, Austria. She started fortieth and lost her left shin guard halfway down, but finished in 12th place in the first run. Shiffrin, age 16, then posted the fastest time in the second run to secure third place.

      2013 season

      Shiffrin won her first World Cup race in December 2012 at age 17, in a night slalom in Åre, Sweden. She became the second-youngest American to win an alpine World Cup event, behind Judy Nagel (17 yr, 5 mo.). Shiffrin's second win came two weeks later at a night slalom at Zagreb, Croatia; and her third win 11 days later at another night slalom in Flachau, Austria. After winning the slalom at the World Cup finals in Lenzerheide, she secured the 2013 season title in the slalom discipline. Though she spent most of her last two years of high school in Europe on the World Cup circuit, she graduated on time from Burke Mountain Academy in June.

      2014 season

      Shiffrin opened the 2014 season in October 2013 in Sölden, Austria, with a career-best sixth in giant slalom, within a half-second of the podium. She won the next event, a slalom at Levi, Finland, improving on her podium finish the previous year for her fifth World Cup victory. At Beaver Creek, she was runner-up in the giant slalom, her first World Cup podium in that discipline. On January 5, Shiffrin secured first place in a two-run slalom race in Bormio, Italy (the race took place there instead of being, as scheduled, in Zagreb due to bad snow/weather conditions). She also won the world cup slalom races in Flachau, Åre and Lenzerheide, to secure a consecutive World Cup slalom title. Shiffrin ended the season as the reigning Olympic, World Cup, and world champion in slalom.


      Days after her first World Cup finals in 2013, slalom champion Shiffrin was interviewed by David Letterman on the Late Show on March 19.

      In 2014, Shiffrin was featured in a one-hour special on NBC television, How to Raise an Olympian, on February 5. Hosted by Meredith Vieira, it chronicled the journeys of seven U.S. Olympians and featured interviews from parents and coaches along with home video and photos from each athlete's childhood. The event was broadcast on television with live social-media components to enhance each segment.

      World Cup results

      Season titles

      • 2 titles - (2 SL)

      Season standings


      • standings thru 15 March 2014

      Race podiums

      • 9 wins – (9 SL)
      • 16 podiums – (13 SL, 2 GS, 1 PS)
      201229 Dec 2011Lienz, AustriaSlalom3rd
      201310 Nov 2012Levi, FinlandSlalom3rd
      20 Dec 2012Åre, SwedenSlalom1st
      4 Jan 2013Zagreb, CroatiaSlalom1st
      15 Jan 2013Flachau, AustriaSlalom1st
      29 Jan 2013Moscow, RussiaParallel slalom3rd
      10 Mar 2013Ofterschwang, GermanySlalom3rd
      16 Mar 2013Lenzerheide, Switzerland  Slalom1st
      201416 Nov 2013Levi, FinlandSlalom1st
      1 Dec 2013Beaver Creek, USAGiant slalom2nd
      28 Dec 2013Lienz, AustriaGiant slalom3rd
      29 Dec 2013Slalom2nd
      5 Jan 2014Bormio, ItalySlalom1st
      14 Jan 2014Flachau, AustriaSlalom1st
      8 Mar 2014Åre, SwedenSlalom1st
      15 Mar 2014Lenzerheide, Switzerland  Slalom1st

      World Championship results

      Shiffrin competed in her first World Championships in 2013 at Schladming, Austria, and finished sixth in the giant slalom at Planai. Two days later in the slalom, she won the world title at age 17.
        Year   Age  Slalom  Giant 


      Olympic results

      Favored to win the slalom at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, Shiffrin led after the first run and nearly fell in the second, but held on for victory at Rosa Khutor. Three weeks shy of her 19th birthday, she became the youngest slalom champion in Olympic history. Three days earlier, she finished fifth in the giant slalom, held in the rain.
        Year   Age  Slalom  Giant 



      Shiffrin's father Jeff grew up in New Jersey, but was an avid skier on weekends in Vermont with his family; as an undergraduate, he raced for Dartmouth College in New Hampshire. Her mother Eileen raced in high school in northwestern Massachusetts in the Berkshires, and brother Taylor (b. 1992), races for the University of Denver.

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