Mikaela Shiffrin went from rising star to one of the best ski racers in American history in a matter of years. The only question is, how far and fast can she go? (Getty Images/Agence Zoom/Alexis Boichard)
The U.S. Ski Team has announced the addition of Brandon Dyksterhouse to its women’s technical team as part of a unique partnership with Ski and Snowboard Club Vail.
The women raced under the lights in Flachau, Austria for the last Audi FIS Ski World Cup slalom before the World Championships. Mikaela Shiffrin had a speedy second run, skiing from eighth place to grab third place overall.
Liberty Mutual Play Positive asked U.S. Ski Team athlete Mikaela Shiffrin to share her playlist of the top 5 songs she listens to when preparing for a big competition.
VIDEO: Shiffrin Wins Slalom by 1.68
Mikaela Shiffrin claimed the Snow Queen Trophy with a 1.68 second slalom win in the Audi FIS Ski World Cup in Zagreb.
Mikaela Shiffrin (Eagle-Vail, CO) celebrated the New Year in style, winning her second straight Audi FIS Ski World Cup slalom in Zagreb and laying claim for the second time to the Snow Queen Trophy.
With two nearly perfect runs, Mikaela Shiffrin never let go of first place at the Audi FIS Ski World Cup, taking her first slalom win of the season against a stacked field in Austria.
After winning first run, Mikaela Shiffrin stood on the podium in third place for the first time since her win in Solden, Austria.
Mikaela Shiffrin skied a strong second run but it wasn't quite enough, falling .02 short of the podium in fourth.
Mikaela Shiffrin charged to a top-10 Audi FIS Ski World Cup giant slalom finish in Are, Sweden as Tina Maza picked up the victory.
Mikaela Shiffrin shook off a big mistake in the first run to finish strong and take sixth in the Nature Valley Aspen Winterational GS.
Austria's Eva-Maria Brem held off a hard-charging teammate Kathrin Zettel to win her first Audi FIS Ski World Cup in the Nature Valley Aspen Winterational GS.
The ladies Tech Team is ready for this season's first U.S. World Cup.
Laurenne Ross took the second of two FIS super G races at Colorado’s Copper Mountain yesterday, while Mikaela Shriffrin made her 2014 super G debut.
The start of the 2014-15 slalom season began in Levi, Finland, with all eyes on defending overall slalom champ and Olympic gold medalist Mikaela Shiffrin, but it was 2013 overall winner Tina Maze who surprised many – and stole the show.
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Olympic gold medalist Mikaela Shiffrin began turning heads almost instantly when she finished top 15 in her first two NorAm Cup races. But the heads started spinning when she won a super combined in British Colombia two weeks later, and then ski fans and coaches went cross-eyed when she landed a World Cup podium during her rookie season – at age 16. She then proceeded to blow the world apart with a World Championship slalom gold medal and the World Cup slalom title during her sophomore year. She topped herself again in 2014, earning five more World Cup wins, giant slalom podiums, an Olympic gold medal and a second-straight slalom title.
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), and then she let loose. Here’s summary of her past two seasons:
And let’s not forget that after two giant slalom podiums last season, she’s now a legit threat in two disciplines with the 2015 FIS Alpine World Ski Championships coming to her hometown. Safe to say…the future is bright.
I wish I could have an American flag on my back in every World Cup, because that’s a really cool feeling to hold that and know that you’re representing not only yourself or your family or your team but also your entire country. I owe this to so many people and I’m really glad that I could share it with them. Really, it’s not just me up here, it’s the entire U.S. I’ve seen all the tweets and all of the support and all of the critics; every single one of them has pushed me to this point and I owe this to them as well.
I always dream of the best-case scenario and accept it if it doesn’t happen, but I’m really glad that it did today. I’ve just got to keep going. It’s an amazing feeling to win an Olympic gold. It’s going to be something that I chalk up as one of my favorite experiences for the rest of my life, but my life is not over yet.
"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'–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 give her a 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.
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