Mikaela Shiffrin

(Mikaela Pauline Shiffrin)

Mikaela Shiffrin
Mikaela Shiffrin
  • Born: March 13, 1995
  • Nationality: American
  • Profession: Athlete

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Mikaela Pauline Shiffrin is an American two-time Olympic gold medalist and World Cup alpine skier. She is the current two-time reigning Overall World Cup champion, the three-time reigning world champion in slalom, and a five-time winner of the World Cup discipline title in that event. Shiffrin is the youngest slalom champion in Olympic alpine skiing history, at 18 years and 345 days. By winning her second Olympic gold medal in the 2018 giant slalom, Shiffrin tied Ted Ligety and Andrea Mead Lawrence for the most Olympic gold medals ever won by an American Olympian in alpine skiing. She is one of only 5 Americans to ever win the World Cup overall title. She is also the first and only athlete—male or female—with wins in all six FIS Alpine Ski World Cup disciplines. She has won World Cup races in ladies' slalom, parallel slalom, giant slalom, super-G, downhill, and alpine combined. She is the youngest skier—male or female—to win 50 World Cup races at the age of 23 years and 9 months. She has won 54 World Cup races, the 4th most all time by a female alpine skier, including 37 WC slalom races, the most all-time by a female alpine skier. She is the only female athlete to have won 15 races in the same calendar year, winning the last slalom of the 2018 season in Semmering and equalling the men's record holder Marcel Hirscher.

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A perfect day for me would just be a day that goes the way I plan.
Drama holds you back.
Dream big, but don't be upset if it doesn't happen.
During the season, one of the most important things to eat is the carbs. Protein's really important, too, but it's the carbs that are important because I have to consistently refuel for the next day.
I do doubles on Monday and Thursday, take Wednesday off or do easy cardio, do doubles on Thursday and Friday, and the weekend I just get outside and get active - jog or bike ride, or play tennis with my mom.
I don't really have time or interest in doing a lot of the crazy things that some of my teenage peers do, mostly because I have such a hectic life that I don't need to add to that chaos by creating my own teenage drama like a lot of teenagers do. Life ;Time
I get this adrenaline rush from just going down the course and feeling like I made a really great turn and I'm going to do it again and again and again. That feeling can't be replaced, and that's the feeling I'm striving to get every time I go out there. Time
I have all these things I want to do, but I don't have to do them right away. Because it's not just about winning, it's about succeeding, which to me are two different things.
I have never limited myself by focusing much on being a 'normal' teenager.
I have some really lofty goals that don't even scratch upon the Olympics.
I haven't had to make a decision between 'my brand' and money. Everybody seems to get what I'm going for: the healthy lifestyle, staying active, being young and youthful. Money, Coins & Minting
I just - I fell in love with the sport when I started to ski gates. Once I was allowed to start training gates around 6 years old, then I really fell in love with it. Love, Romance, Marriage & Sex ;Sports & Athletics
I just have tried to adapt to the constant changes that happen all the time in my schedule and try and find any sort of mini-predictability and balance within my very unpredictable life. Life ;Time
I like it when hard work pays off. Work, Workers & The Labor Force
I love traveling and seeing new things, learning the histories of different cultures. But I've always wanted to go to the Galapagos to see the giant turtles. Education, Learning, Knowledge & Training ;Love, Romance, Marriage & Sex
I remember skiing being a family recreational thing. Families, Children & Parenting
I think it's good to stimulate your mind.
I was lucky enough that my parents knew about World Cup skiing, so since I was really little, we were watching World Cup winning runs.
If I hadn't come East as a kid, I might still be a World Cup racer today, but I wouldn't be the same World Cup racer.
If you strive toward the perfect run, accepting that you will always come up short of that is very intriguing. It makes me think about how in life in general, we always want to strive toward perfection, but sometimes perfection would be the worst thing. Life
I'm not really seeing pressure as a negative.
In the end, I want to be an inspiration to somebody.
It rained a lot in New Hampshire, and when I skied, the snow was icy and hard, and the mountains were small.
I've always wanted to do things as fast as possible.
I've learned some quick tricks about how to fix my hair so I can dash somewhere unexpected and still be O.K. when someone stops me to take a picture.
Most people just see ski racing during the Olympics.
My dream job has always been to be a ski racer.
My parents strapped a pair of plastic skis on my boots when I was two years old and sent me down our driveway in Vail. Of course, they were holding on to me the whole time, but that was my first experience 'skiing.' Time
One of the biggest misconceptions is that carbs are bad. It's a fad right now. Full disclosure: I'm sponsored by Barilla. But I've always been free about saying I love carbs, including pasta, in moderation. Love, Romance, Marriage & Sex
Out on the hill under the helmet, nobody sees your face or hair, but then you take it off, and they do - that's the part I'm nervous about.
People tell me an Olympic medal is a life-changing event. Except I don't even think about the medal unless someone asks about it.
People watch the Olympics because they want to believe in heroes; I know I did.
The harsh cold and windburn from hours of skiing does a lot of damage to my skin, so I try to keep my skin as moisturized as possible.
Things you don't expect come up, and you have to adapt. You can't let it throw you off. You have to cope. Those are all really valuable skills, in life and racing. Life
When I was 3 years old, I thought I was very good at skiing.
When I'm in the starting gate, it's just me and the hill.
Whether it's learning to hit a backhand in tennis, learning high school chemistry, or getting better at ski racing, I really believe with hard work and analytic preparation, you can skip a few steps and find the faster way. Education, Learning, Knowledge & Training ;Work, Workers & The Labor Force
You can't ever make the perfect run, but you can make the best run, and then you clock the fastest time, and that's a win. Time

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