It's more than talent that makes Mikaela Shiffrin the best slalom racer in the world.
Much has been written about Mikaela Shiffrin’s “meteoric” rise to the top of the World Cup standings, but if you ask her, she might dispute the speed of her success. Despite her youth, Shiffrin’s rise has been a steady progression of struggle, improvement, and constant learning, based on her sheer determination and a solid work ethic.
Consistent with her development, Shiffrin’s skiing is precise, accurate, disciplined, and very much practiced. There’s a lot to be learned from studying photos like this one—much we should try to emulate in our own skiing.
The F.I.S. Alpine World Ski Championships are coming to Beaver Creek, Colorado, for the first time since 1999. Time to break out the cowbells. America, at long last, is a ski-racing nation.
The last time Lindsey Vonn got a shot at downhill racing immortality, a painful crash left her icing her knee in Colorado while the world’s fastest scorched the slopes at the Sochi Games. At Krasnaya Polyana, her Olympic downhill crown got split in two by Slovenia’s Tina Maze and Switzerland’s Dominique Gisin, who tied for the 2014 gold.
Miller, Ligety, Mancuso and first-time Olympian Shiffrin headline what may be strongest American ski squad ever.
Even without the injured Lindsey Vonn, winner of 59 World Cup races, the American alpine racing Olympic team looks one of the strongest ever. The U.S. Ski Team announced its Sochi team Sunday. It includes proven medal winners like Bode Miller, Ted Ligety and Julia Mancuso along with an Olympic newcomer—18-year-old Mikaela Shiffrin—who’s already demonstrated that she’s the woman to beat in slalom and has been making impressive inroads in GS. The Games begin in just two weeks, starting with the men’s downhill on Feb. 9 and the women’s super combined on Feb. 10.