Mikaela SHIFFRIN

Mikaela SHIFFRIN
Country
SLO
United States of America
Born
Gender
Gender
Female
Zodiac
Zodiac
Pisces

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Information
Residence: Eagle-vail, CO
Equipment
Skis: Atomic
Bindings: Atomic
Boots: Atomic
SPORTS
Ski Club: Burke Mountain Academy
  • Height: 5-7

    Weight: 145lb

    Hometown: Eagle-Vail, CO

    School: Burke Mountain Academy

    Birthplace: Vail, CO

    Club: Burke Mountain Academy

    Current Residence: Eagle-Vail, CO

     

    FIRST TRACKS

    Shiffrin was getting freshies down the family driveway at age 3 and quickly graduated into running gates at Vail.

    "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' and it's been drilled into my head and every time I get on snow that's what I start thinking. I did freeski 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 make a phone 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.

     

    BIO

    Recent Burke Mountain Academy grad (May 2013) Mikaela Shiffrin began turning heads almost instantly when she finished top 15 of her first two NorAm Cup races. But the heads started spinning when she won a super combined in British Colombia two weeks later. Tuned Ski fans (and coaches) went cross eyed when she landed a World Cup podium during her rookie season – at age 16, then blew the world apart with a World Championship slalom gold medal and the World Cup slalom title during her sophomore year.

    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), then she let loose. 

    In only her second full season on the Audi FIS Alpine World Cup, Shiffrin nabbed World Champs slalom gold, four World Cup slalom wins (six podiums) and capped the winter with a legendary come-from-behind victory in the final race of the season to clinch the slalom title. In terms of stats, go with these:

     

    ·  Shiffrin became the first U.S. slalom World Cup champion since Tamara McKinney in 1983-84.

    ·  Fourth youngest woman to win a globe and the sixth youngest woman to win any World Cup title.

    ·  First non-European to win four World Cup slalom races in a season.

     

    Safe to say…the future is bright.

     

    MIKEALA SAYS

    I think that half of the slalom globe belongs to someone else. I want to thank Tina Maze. She has really helped inspire me this season

    Winning the slalom title was my goal from the beginning of this year. The World Championships title was amazing, but it wasn’t a goal that I had set. I almost forgot World Championships were happening this year until they happened and that was just a cherry on top of the cake. This was what I was really shooting for all season, to be consistently one of the top slalom skiers. So this title means a lot to me.

    I think it’s most important that I just try to connect with the younger kids. Most of them say they watch the World Cup races so I think they’ve seen the skiing and it’s probably cool to see it live. But I think the most important thing is that I get to have some time face-to-face with them and show them I’m not actually that different and that I’m a goofball. We can have conversations and they can get to this point.

     

    OFF THE SNOW

    Shiffrin has no problem picking up a racquet and batting around a little green ball. "I love playing tennis and soccer, but skiing is definitely number one." Dad raced for Dartmouth and Mom is a Masters racer – big bro Taylor is also a collegiate racer and she is his No. 1 fan. Reading is also a distraction of choice, but she says it's tough to find time for anything other than text books. When it comes to movies, it's all about chick flicks and romantic comedies. "Don't even try to get me to watch a horror movie."
     

    HIGHLIGHTS

    World Championships
    Teams: 2013
    Gold, SL, Schladming, AUT, 2013
    6th, GS, Schladming, AUT, 2013

     

    World Cup

    SL title, 2013 at 18 years old.

    Four SL victories, six podiums, 2013

    First World Cup podium with SL 3rd in Lienz, AUT at age 16, 2012

    Finished 17th in SL standings in rookie season, 2012

    Made World Cup debut at 15-years-old, 2011

     

     U.S. Championships Titles

    2012, SL, Winter Park, CO

    2011, SL Winter Park, CO

     

    OTHER

    2013 Longines Rising Star
    2012 World Cup Rookie of the Year

    Two-time ESWA Golden Ski Award winner 2011-2012

    Three-time Ski Racing Magazine Junior of the Year 2011-2013

    2011 Junior World Championships bronze in SL
    2011 NorAm SL champion

    Years on Team: 3

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