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.
If you're a parent who's counting down the days ‘til your kid can ski, you might feel some pressure. Of course you want their first days on snow to be awesome. But should you teach them, or send them to ski school?