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.Read more