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Mikaela Shiffrin - Facts
|Birthday||March 13 1995|
|Gear||Atomic, Leki, Oakley|
|Disciplines||SL, GS, SG, DH|
|Club||Burke Mtn Academy|
|WC Debut||March 11 2011|
|WC Titles||2x Overall, 5x Slalom|
|World Champs||3x Gold, 1x Silver|
|Olympics||2x Gold, 1x Silver|
|27.10.18||GS||Sölden Giant Slalom|
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The traditional Austrian ski manufacturer located in Altenmarkt guarantees Mikaela with its Redster-series equipment on a world class level.
Burke Mountain Academy:
At the age of 11, Mikaela went to Burke Mountain Academy, a ski college on the east coast of Vermont. Here, she learned the basics to become a World Cup athlete.
Mikaela is from Vail, Colorado, a little city with 5000 inhabitants. The 2015 World Ski Championships were held in Vail-Beaver Creek, Mikaela won the gold medal at home.
At just 19 years of age, Mikaela made some of her childhood dreams come true.
Joining the World Cup and becoming World and Olympic champion.
In 2003, the Shiffrins moved east. Mikaela was able to learn her perfect technic on the hard and icy slopes of Vermont, which are very similar to the European racecourses.
Family is very important to Mikaela. Her parents, Eileen and Jeff, taught her to ski when she was very little. Her brother races for the University Ski Team of Denver.
Mikaela achieved her first win in giant slalom at Sölden right at the beginnig of the World Cup season 2014/2015 when she was tied with the Austrian Anna Fenninger.
Mikaela already made ski racing history in her very young career.
At the age of 18, she became the youngest ever to win Olympic gold in slalom.
The Shiffrin phenomenon is about more than winning races.
It's about her rapid improvement, Mikaela began winnig by huge margins last season.
Mikaela loves jewelry, especially from Vail - a piece of home, always with her.
Key to success
"Ski racing is about reaching your potential, not about beating somebody."
Lienz is certainly a special place for Mikaela. Here, she achieved her first World Cup podium on December 29th, 2011 at age 16.
Mozart of ski racing
At top speed on an icy, steep racecourse, the hardest thing in the world is making it look effortless. Mikaela doese that, that is why some call her the "Mozart of ski racing."
In late summer, Mikaela often spends some time at training camps in New Zealand, where the athletes of the US Ski Team are getting ready for the new season.
Mikaela made her Olympic debut at the Sochi Winter Games in February 2014.
In giant slalom, she finished 5th. In slalom, she won the gold medal.
Bode Miller: "She's a phenom. They don't come around very often.
When they do, it's a pleasure to watch. She doesn't get nervous, she performs consistently. Those are the people you want to bet on."
Heidi Voelker, one of Mikaela's childhood idols, signed a poster for her when she was very little. She wrote "Always be faster than the boys and dream big".
A.B.F.T.T.B. is now written on Mikaela's helmet.
Mikaela won the first slalom of 13/14 in Levi, Finland. The winners of the men's and women's races recieved a reindeer as prize. She renamed it Rudolph.
At only 19 years of age, Mikaela is already placed in the top 10 female slalom racers of all time. Her idol, the Austrian Marlies Schild, leads by winning 35 slalom races.
In 2010, Mikaela draw international attention for the first time. She won the Trofeo Topolino, a high-class ski race for kids in Italy, by a huge margin.
United States of America
Mikaela about her home country: "You are not only representing yourself, your family or your team, but the entire country you come from."
Mikaela Shiffrin was born in Vail on March 13th, 1995. Vail has only 5000 inhabitants but represents the largest ski area of the United States.
Often, Mikaela is called a once-in-a-lifetime talent or "Wunderkind".
You can only agree regarding her success at a very young age.
After wining the Levi slalom in 2013, Mikaela met Santa right before christmas.
Check out this funy video.
Young, younger, Mikaela
Mikaela could not wait to race World Cup: "I really believe with hard work and analytic preparation, you can skip a few steps and find the faster way."
Mikaela won her second World Cup race in Zagreb, Croatica on January 4th, 2013.