Mikaela Shiffrin

I’m a multiple Skiing World Champion and Olympic gold medallist

Mikaela Shiffrin and Henrik Kristoffersen are awarded the Longines Rising Ski Stars Prize after the FIS Alpine Skiing World Cup Final in Méribel, France.
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Hi, my name is Mikaela Shiffrin. My discipline is skiing. I was born on 13 March 1995 in Vail, Colorado.


The daughter of two ski racers, Mikaela Shiffrin started skiing at the age of two in her hometown of Vail, Colorado. At age eight and already a talented young ski racer, Mikaela and her family, including older brother, Taylor, moved to New Hampshire for her dad’s job and she joined the ski team at Vermont’s esteemed Burke Mountain Academy. “That’s when I really started to fall in love with ski racing,” she says. A medal at Junior Worlds and top placement in her first NorAm Cup races eventually led to enough outstanding results as a teenager to qualify her to compete on the World Cup at the unprecedented age of 15.

By 16, she’d podiumed at her first World Cup and earned Rookie of the Year status. Mikaela managed to graduate from high school in 2013, despite spending most of her winter in Europe tallying World Cup wins, including taking the overall World Cup slalom title. After graduating, she went to her first Olympic Games in Sochi, Russia, in 2014, where she walked away with a gold medal in the slalom event, becoming, at age 18, the youngest slalom champion in Olympic history. “I’ve always put a lot of importance on doing groundbreaking things at a young age,” Mikaela says.

In 2014 and 2015, she defended her World Cup title and racked up three consecutive overall titles, establishing her dominance as a global powerhouse in women’s slalom skiing and an increasingly talented giant slalom threat as well, with her first GS World Cup win in 2015. An early-season knee injury in 2016 landed her in physical therapy for a couple of months, but she bounced back to win her first race back on snow.

2017 began with a high note as she came away from the World Championships in St Moritz, Switzerland with her third consecutive Worlds Slalom gold medal and a Giant Slalom silver medal.

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Career Highlights

  1. 2016
    1. 1st Place Overall: FIS Ski World Cup – Slalom & Overall

  2. 2017
    1. 2nd Place: FIS Alpine Skiing World Cup – Giant Slalom

      Aspen, USA

    2. 1st Place: FIS Alpine Skiing World Cup – Combined

      Crans–Montana, Switzerland

    3. 1st Place: Alpine Skiing World Championships – Slalom

      St. Moritz, Switzerland

    4. 1st Place: FIS Alpine Skiing World Cup City Event

      Stockholm, Sweden

  3. 2016
    1. 1st Place: FIS Alpine Skiing World Cup – Slalom

      Maribor, Slovenia

    2. 1st Place: FIS Alpine Skiing World Cup Slalom

      Sestriere, Italy

    3. 1st Place: FIS Ski World Cup – Slalom

      Killington, USA