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? (USSA)
The Audi FIS Ski World Cup circuit resumes this weekend at Crans-Montana, Switzerland for the women and Kvitfjell, Norway for the men.
Mikaela Shiffrin became the first skier in 78 years to win three consecutive World Championship slalom titles at the 2017 FIS Alpine World Ski Championships Saturday.
Mikaela Shiffrin grabbed her first career World Championships giant slalom medal Thursday at the 2017 FIS Alpine World Ski Championships.
Every event of the 2017 FIS Alpine World Ski Championships in St. Moritz will be streamed live on NBCsports.com and the NBC Sports app. Plus, NBCSN and NBC are presenting more than 12 hours of live coverage throughout the event.
Mikaela Shiffrin battled to her first career World Cup city event victory Tuesday evening in Stockholm, Sweden.
Spirits are high and the athletes are feeling the energy of a special place called Hammarbybacken, home to this year’s only City Event on the Audi FIS Ski World Cup schedule.
Mikaela Shiffrin (Eagle-Vail, CO) showed off her speed skills, coming from bib 31 to steal fourth place in the Audi FIS Ski World Cup super G in Cortina—her best ever finish in a speed event.
Mikaela Shiffrin put down a solid second run and finished fifth in Tuesday’s Audi FIS Ski World Cup giant slalom.
Mikaela Shiffrin rebounded from a disappointing first run to land on the podium in a tie for third at the Audi FIS Ski World Cup slalom.
Mikaela Shiffrin extended her overall World Cup lead with her 24th career slalom victory at the Audi FIS Ski World Cup Sunday in Maribor, Slovenia.
Mikaela Shiffrin finished fourth in Saturday’s Audi FIS Ski World Cup giant slalom in Maribor, Slovenia.
The Audi FIS Ski World Cup tech train rolls from the Zagreb station onward to Maribor for the women and Adelboden, Switzerland for the men.
Mikaela Shiffrin, the reigning Snow Queen who won the past two races Zagreb, Croatia in 2013 and 2015, is going for her eight-straight slalom victory Tuesday.
Mikaela Shiffrin put together a brilliant, come-from-behind second run to sweep the tech series at Semmering and take her seventh-straight Audi FIS Ski World Cup slalom victory.
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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. In 2015 she really wowed us—successfully defending her World Championship slalom title on home turf under immense pressure at Vail/Beaver Creek, and then snagging her third-straight slalom title. During the 2016 season, Shiffrin sustained a knee injury during a warm-up run in Are, Sweden in December and was sidelined. That didn't stop her for too long, though—she came back and went on to win all of the remaining slalom races she competed in on the World Cup tour.
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 four seasons:
With a giant slalom victory under her belt and speed now in her arsenal, she’s a legit threat in two disciplines which could quickly turn into three during the 2017 season. Safe to say…the future is bright.
"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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