Shiffrin is Invincible

Many readers may not be familiar with the name Mikaela Shiffrin as she competes in the relatively lesser known sport of alpine ski racing.  However, you may want to keep your ears open for her name as she is simply dominating the sport and just 21 years of age.

Shiffrin is an American World Cup skier and a member of the U.S. team.  She really excels is the slalom event, where she has now won 11 straight World Cup races in the ski discipline.

Born in Vail, Colorado to a couple of former ski racers, it is no wonder that Shiffrin has been skiing since a very young age.  Most of her youth was spent on the mountains of Colorado and the northeastern part of the U.S.

Shiffrin has been skiing in World Cup competitions since she was 16 years old, marking a career of six total World Cup seasons.  In that short time frame, Shiffrin has won 23 World Cup events and holds three World Cup discipline titles.

Mikaela Shiffrin has brought home two World Championships in slalom – a 2013 victory in Schladming and a 2015 victory in Beaver Creek.  She also won an Olympic gold medal at the 2014 Sochi winter games in the slalom event at the age of 18 years old, becoming the youngest slalom champion in Olympic alpine skiing history.

Shiffrin also competes in Giant Slalom, but is less dominate in the discipline.  She recently started to compete in Super G and combined events as well.

During the 2016 season, Shiffrin suffered a knee injury during a warm-up session and had to miss two months of competition with a torn ligament.  She returned in impressive fashion, having won six straight slalom races since returning.

Having now expanded her repertoire of events, Shiffrin is now seeking to compete for her first overall World Cup title.  During the 2015 season, she finished 4th overall.  She is the current overall points leader this season.

Shiffrin is a beast in the sport at this point in her career and is a name you will likely see on the podium during the 2018 winter olympics.  Be sure to keep her on your radar.

John Sill