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WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA - APRIL 27:  Alpine skier Mikaela Shiffrin poses for a portrait during the USOC Portrait Shoot on April 27, 2013 in West Hollywood, California.  (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
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Mikaela Pauline Shiffrin (born March 13, 1995) is an American 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.   

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Contents

  • 1 Background and early years
  • 2 World Cup
    • 2.1 2012 season
    • 2.2 2013 season
    • 2.3 2014 season
    • 2.4 2015 season
    • 2.5 2016 season
  • 3 Appearances
  • 4 World Cup results
    • 4.1 Season titles
    • 4.2 Season standings
    • 4.3 Race podiums
  • 5 World Championship results
  • 6 Olympic results
  • 7 Personal
  • 8 References
  • 9 External links

Background and early years

Born in 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. 

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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).  In 2014 she was named one of ESPNW’s Impact 25.

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. 

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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.

2015 season

Shiffrin opened the 2015 season in October 2014 in Sölden with her first World Cup win in giant slalom. She had some trouble with slalom at first and ended up outside the podium on the first three World Cup slalom races, but did win the races at Kühtai, Zagreb, Maribor, Åre and Méribel.   She ended up winning the slalom world cup title once again.  Shiffrin also won the World Championship in slalom held in Beaver Creek next to her home city Vail, USA.

WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA - APRIL 27: Alpine skier Mikaela Shiffrin poses for a portrait during the USOC Portrait Shoot on April 27, 2013 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)

2016 season

In the first two slalom races of the 2016 season, both in Aspen, Shiffrin won by large margins, and in her first race she achieved a new record margin for women’s slalom, 3.07 seconds over the runner-up. On December 12, 2015, during the warm-up for the giant slalom in Åre, she fell and injured her knee. After two months away from racing, Shiffrin made a successful return in her first race back on February 15, 2016, where she took her 18th victory in Crans-Montana.

Appearances

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.

On July 12, 2014, Mikaela was a guest on the NPR radio show Wait Wait… Don’t Tell Me!,  where she won the show’s Not My Job game at the Red Rocks Amphitheatre.

World Cup results

Season titles

  • 3 titles – (3 SL)
Season Discipline
2013 Slalom
2014 Slalom
2015 Slalom

Season standings

Season Age Overall Slalom Giant
slalom
Super-G Downhill Combined
2012 16 43 17 49
2013 17 5 1 19
2014 18 6 1 7
2015 19 4 1 3
2016 20 12 5 23 35 18

Standings through 6 Mar 2016

Race podiums

  • 19 wins – (18 SL, 1 GS)
  • 29 podiums – (23 SL, 5 GS, 1 PS)
Season Date Location Discipline Place
2012 29 Dec 2011 Lienz, Austria Slalom 3rd
2013 10 Nov 2012 Levi, Finland Slalom 3rd
20 Dec 2012 Åre, Sweden Slalom 1st
4 Jan 2013 Zagreb, Croatia Slalom 1st
15 Jan 2013 Flachau, Austria Slalom 1st
29 Jan 2013 Moscow, Russia Parallel slalom 3rd
10 Mar 2013 Ofterschwang, Germany Slalom 3rd
16 Mar 2013 Lenzerheide, Switzerland Slalom 1st
2014 16 Nov 2013 Levi, Finland Slalom 1st
1 Dec 2013 Beaver Creek, USA Giant slalom 2nd
28 Dec 2013 Lienz, Austria Giant slalom 3rd
29 Dec 2013 Slalom 2nd
5 Jan 2014 Bormio, Italy Slalom 1st
14 Jan 2014 Flachau, Austria Slalom 1st
8 Mar 2014 Åre, Sweden Slalom 1st
15 Mar 2014 Lenzerheide, Switzerland Slalom 1st
2015 25 Oct 2014 Sölden, Austria Giant slalom 1st
28 Dec 2014 Kühtai, Austria Giant slalom 3rd
29 Dec 2014 Slalom 1st
4 Jan 2015 Zagreb, Croatia Slalom 1st
13 Jan 2015 Flachau, Austria Slalom 3rd
22 Feb 2015 Maribor, Slovenia Slalom 1st
14 Mar 2015 Åre, Sweden Slalom 1st
21 Mar 2015 Méribel, France Slalom 1st
2016 24 Oct 2015 Sölden, Austria Giant slalom 2nd
28 Nov 2015 Aspen, USA Slalom 1st
29 Nov 2015 Slalom 1st
15 Feb 2016 Crans-Montana, Switzerland Slalom 1st
6 Mar 2016 Jasná, Slovakia Slalom 1st

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.[33]

  Year  Age  Slalom  Giant
slalom
Super-G Downhill Combined
2013 17 1 6
2015 19 1 8

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
slalom
Super-G Downhill Combined
2014 18 1 5

Personal

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.

 

Gold medallist US skier Mikaela Shiffrin attends at a press conference in Dostoyevsky Hall at the Main Media Center during the Sochi Winter Olympics in Sochi on February 22, 2014. Already compared to other greats of alpine skiing at the age of 18, US teen Mikaela Shiffrin insisted on February 21, she was her own person after being crowned Olympic champion. AFP PHOTO / JUNG YEON-JEJUNG YEON-JE/AFP/Getty Images

 

poses for a portrait during the USOC Media Summit ahead of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics on October 2, 2013 in Park City, Utah.

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