Bode Miller says there is no other way to describe Mikaela Shiffrin other than "phenom," but those who know her will tell you she works every bit as hard to deserve the results that have made her the fastest rising star in years. (Mitchell Gunn/ESPA)
The Eastern Ski Writers Association (ESWA) has awarded Mikaela Shiffrin and Kieffer Christianson with the 2013 Don A. Metivier Golden Ski Award.
World Championships gold medalists and Audi FIS Alpine World Cup champions Ted Ligety (Park City, UT) and Mikaela Shiffrin (Eagle-Vail, CO) have again been honored by the U.S. Olympic Committee as Athletes of the Month, this time for March.
Residents and guests of the Vail Valley will have the unique opportunity to celebrate the success of Audi FIS Alpine World Cup champions Mikeala Shiffrin (Eagle-Vail, CO) and Lindsey Vonn (Vail, CO) on Friday, March 29, as the Vail Valley Foundation and V
World Champion Mikaela Shiffrin signs autographs after missing a shot at her third straight Nature Valley U.S. Alpine Championships slalom title when she straddled in the final run
Olympic gold medalist Julia Mancuso (Squaw Valley, CA) took full advantage of home snow to win the Nature Valley U.S. Alpine Championships giant slalom for a record 16th career U.S. title.
World Championship gold medalists Ted Ligety (Park City, UT) and Mikaela Shiffrin (Eagle-Vail, CO) roll to the hometown of Olympic gold winner and record setting major championship medalist Julia Mancuso (Squaw Valley, CA) March 20-24 for the Nature Valle
VIDEO: Shiffrin Wins Lenzerheide SL
World Champion Mikaela Shiffrin (Eagle-Vail, CO) came from behind to win her fourth slalom race of the season, sealing the first Audi FIS Alpine World Cup slalom title of her young career.
Julia Mancuso skied into eighth place Sunday during the World Cup giant slalom final in Lenzerheide, finalizing her fourth place overall finish in the Audi FIS World Cup standings.
Mikaela Shiffrin came from behind to win her fourth slalom race of the season, sealing the Audi FIS World Cup slalom title.
Less than 24 hours before kicking out of the Audi FIS Alpine World Cup Finals start gate for the slalom battle of the ages, Mikaela Shiffrin (Eagle-Vail, CO) was honored in Lenzerheide as the Longines Rising Star, signifying the top female racer of 2013.
Ted Ligety, Mikaela Shiffrin, Julia Mancuso and the U.S. Ski Team head into the Alpine World Cup Finals with serious momentum.
Mikaela Shiffrin finished third in the slalom in Ofterschwang, Germany, which put her in second place in the World Cup slalom standings with one week to go.
Julia Mancuso battled the wet snow and flat light to finish eighth in the Ofterschwang giant slalom in Germany.
The U.S. Alpine Ski Team led the medal count in Schladming and now brings the FIS Alpine World Ski Championships home to Vail/Beaver Creek in 2015.
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Recent Burke Mountain Academy grad (June 2013) 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. Tuned Ski fans and coaches went cross-eyed when she landed a World Cup podium during her rookie season – at age 16 – and 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 in 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:
Safe to say…her future is bright.
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.
"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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