|— Alpine ski racer —|
Shiffrin in February 2012
|Disciplines||Slalom, giant slalom|
|Club||Burke Mountain Academy|
March 13, 1995 |
Vail, Colorado, U.S.
|Height||5 ft 7 in (1.70 m)|
|World Cup debut||March 11, 2011 (age 15)|
|Teams||1 – (2014)|
|Medals||1 (1 gold)|
|Teams||1 – (2013)|
|Medals||1 (1 gold)|
|Seasons||3rd – (2012–14)|
|Wins||8 – (8 SL)|
|Podiums||15 – (12 SL, 2 GS, 1 PS)|
|Overall titles||0 – (5th in 2013)|
|Discipline titles||2 – (SL, 2013, 2014)|
Mikaela 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.
Background and early years
Shiffrin was born in Eagle-Vail, Colorado, the daughter of Eileen and Jeff Shiffrin. She began rising up through the ranks in alpine racing as soon as she was old enough to compete in FIS sanctioned races. On December 14, 2010, while meeting the minimum age of 15 requirement, Shiffrin won a Nor-Am Cup super combined race held at Panorama, British Columbia. It was only the eighth FIS-level race in which she had competed. She followed it up by taking a 2nd, 3rd and 1st in her next three Nor-Am races: a super-G, a GS, and a slalom, respectively. Weeks later, she won a pair of Nor-Am slalom races held at Sunday River, Maine. A month later she 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).
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 skier to claim a national alpine crown.
On December 29, 2011, Shiffrin made her first World Cup podium at a slalom in Lienz, Austria. She started 40th and lost her left shin guard halfway down, but finished in 12th place in the first run. Shiffrin then posted the fastest time in the second run to secure third place.
Shiffrin won her first World Cup race in December 2012 at the age of 17, 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.) in 1969. 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.
Shiffrin opened her 2014 season by placing sixth in giant slalom, her career best, and within half a second of making the podium, in Sölden, Austria, on October 26, 2013. 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 event. On January 5, 2014, she 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).
On February 5, 2014, Shiffrin was featured in a one-hour special on NBC television, How to Raise an Olympian. The program, hosted by Meredith Vieira, 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
- standings thru 8 March 2014
|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|
World Championship results
Shiffrin competed in her first World Championships in 2013 at Schladming, Austria, and finished sixth in the giant slalom at Planai, her best result to date in that discipline. Two days later in the slalom, she won the world title.
Favored to win the slalom at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, Shiffrin led after the first run and held on in the second 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.
- Mintz, Geoff (March 16, 2013). "Shiffrin comes from behind to claim season slalom title". Ski Racing.com.
- "Mikaela Shiffrin wins gold in slalom". ESPN. Associated Press. February 21, 2014. Retrieved February 24, 2014.
- Dufresne, Chris (February 21, 2014). "Sochi Olympics: Mikaela Shiffrin overcomes near crash to win gold". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved February 24, 2014.
- "U.S. teen Mikaela Shiffrin wins historic Olympic slalom gold". CBS News. CBS/Associated Press. February 21, 2014. Retrieved February 24, 2014.
- "Shiffrin becomes youngest ever Olympic slalom champion". International Ski Federation (FIS). 21 February 2014. Retrieved 24 February 2014.
- Megroz, Gordy (October 12, 2011). "Groomed for success". Outside. Retrieved February 24, 2014.
- "Shiffrin goes from sick bed to podium at Junior Worlds". Ski Racing. February 3, 2011.
- "Granstrom, Shiffrin take U.S. National slalom titles; Ford, Schleper win combined". Ski Racing.com. April 3, 2011.
- Alpine Young Guns: Mikaela Shiffrin, International Ski Federation, Oberhofen/Thunersee, Switzerland: International Ski Federation (FIS), 2011.
- FIS Results – World Cup – women's slalom – 2011-12-29
- Universal Sports – video – Mikaela Shiffrin – first World Cup podium – 2011-12-29
- Williams, Eric (December 29, 2011). "Shiffrin third in Lienz slalom, Schild wins again, Schleper retires". Ski Racing.
- Mintz, Geoff (December 20, 2012). "Shiffrin wins first career World Cup". Ski Racing.
- "Teen Mikaela Shiffrin wins". U.S. Ski Team. December 20, 2012.
- Mintz, Geoff (January 4, 2013). "Shiffrin picks up second career win at Zagreb, Croatia". Ski Racing. Retrieved March 2, 2014.
- Mintz, Geoff (January 15, 2013). "Shiffrin picks up third win in Flachau, as first-run leader Hoefl-Riesch clips gate". Ski Racing. Retrieved March 2, 2014.
- Keppler, Justin (March 20, 2013). "World Cup slalom champ Mikaela Shiffrin visits the Late Show with David Letterman". The Ski Channel. Retrieved March 8, 2014.
- "Mikaela Shiffrin on Late Show with David Letterman". You Tube. (video). March 19, 2013. Retrieved March 8, 2014.
- Mintz, Geoff (February 16, 2013). "17-year-old Mikaela Shiffrin, your 2013 slalom World Champion". Ski Racing.
- Mintz, Geoff (February 18, 2014). "Maze shines in rainy Russia". Ski Racing. Retrieved March 2, 2014.
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- Ski-db.com – results – Mikaela Shiffrin
- U.S. Ski Team – profile – Mikaela Shiffrin
- Atomic Skis – athletes – Mikaela Shiffrin
- Mikaela Shiffrin on Facebook
- Mikaela Shiffrin on Twitter
- "Bill Green visits with Olympic hopeful Mikaela Shiffrin", WCSH6.com, June 9, 2013.