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Mikaela Shiffrin

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Biography:

As soon as Olympic Sports Speaker Mikaela Shiffrin turned fifteen and met the age requirement to compete in FIS approved races, she quickly ascended to the peak of the crop of talent in women’s alpine racing. In 2010, she stole the attention of the ski community with her slalom victory at Trofeo Topolino. This made her the first American girl to win at the prestigious junior event in Italy since Lindsey Vonn in 1999.

Mikaela got her first Nor-Am Cup victory in December 2010. She won the slalom event at the U.S. National Championships shortly after she made her World Cup debut in March. It wasn’t until 2011-12 that Mikaela joined the World Cup competition full time. She took home her first World Cup medal in December 2011 with a bronze and was also named Rookie of the Year. She managed to defend her slalom title at the 2012 U.S. Championships as well. That same season, Mikaela won three more World Cup slalom events and the gold medal at the World Championships in 2013. This made her the youngest woman to have the overall slalom title in thirty-nine years.

 After winning the world champion slalom title, Mikaela competed in the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics at the age of 18. She dazzled the crowd and the judges to take home the gold medal in women’s slalom, making her the youngest winner in the history of the Olympics in that category. In addition, she was the first American to win the slalom event in forty-two years.

Mikaela has made a guest appearance on the Late Show with David Letterman and was featured in a one-hour special on NBC Television called How to Raise an Olympian. The show was hosted by Meredith Vieira and included documentaries of seven U.S. Olympians. It featured interviews from parents and coaches as well as home video and photos from every athlete’s childhood.