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)
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.
Mikaela Shiffrin skied conservatively on the steep Levi Black pitch to drop out of contention after the first run and finish 11th in the Audi FIS Ski World Cup slalom opener.
World Champion Mikaela Shiffrin dominated last year's Audi FIS World Cup slalom in Levi with a 1.06 wire-to-wire victory.
Huge crowds turned out for the formal announcement of the 2014-15 U.S. Alpine Ski Team at the Nature Valley First Tracks festivities at Copper Mountain
First Tracks Unveiling of this years U.S. Alpine team!
FIS Secretary General Sarah Lewis joined athletes and officials to showcase the 2015 FIS Alpine World Ski Championships to media in New York City.
Anna Fenninger and Mikaela Shiffrin shared the top spot in the opening giant slalom of the Audi FIS Alpine World Cup in Soelden - first GS win for Shiffrin.
Olympic champion Mikaela Shiffrin (Eagle-Vail, CO) celebrated the 100 day mark to the World Championshps in her hometown by winning the first Audi FIS Alpine World Cup giant slalom of her career in Soelden.
Mikaela Shiffrin skied a masterful first run to take the lead in the Audi FIS Alpine World Cup giant slalom opener in Soelden. Universal Sports will provide live coverage of the second run at 6:30 a.m. EDT
As the Audi FIS Alpine World Cup gets underway this weekend in Soelden, the clock ticked down to 100 days until the Feb. 2-15 FIS Alpine World Ski Championships in Vail/Beaver Creek.
Heavy snow fell overnight and into Thursday morning with up to a meter on the Rettenbach Glacier. Clear skies are expected for the Audi FIS Alpine World Cup this weekend.
Nine U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association athletes have been nominated for five categories at the 2014 ESPY Awards.
The U.S. women’s technical team ushered in the “summer season” last week, wrapping up a two-week slalom and GS camp at Loveland Ski Area in Colorado.
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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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