Since making a precocious debut at age 15 in 2011, teen phenom Mikaela Shiffrin has steadily emerged as the leading technical skier on the U.S. squad. She earned her first podium finish in the slalom in 2012, and capped her second full World Cup season with six podium finishes, four of those victories, as well as slalom gold at the World Championships in Schladming, Austria. Shiffrin, who has added the giant slalom to her repertoire, represents one of the strongest medal hopes for Team USA at the Sochi Games.
- 2013: World Championships - Gold (slalom)
- 2013: World Cup - Rising Star Award
- 2013: World Cup - Four victories (slalom)
- 2012: World Cup - Rookie of the Year
- 2012: World Cup - First podium finish (3rd, slalom, Lienz)
- 2011: Junior World Championships - Bronze (slalom)
- 2011: World Cup - Debut (DNQ slalom, giant slalom, Spindleruv Mlyn)
Things to know:
1. Shiffrin began her skiing career in the driveway of her home in Vail at the age of 3. She graduated to running gates two years later.
2. Shiffrin’s list of notables from the 2013 season include becoming the first U.S. slalom World Cup champion since Tamara McKinney in 1983-84; becoming the fourth-youngest woman to win a World Cup globe and the sixth-youngest woman to win any World Cup title; and becoming the first non-European to win four World Cup slalom races in a season.
3. Shiffrin's hobbies include playing tennis and soccer, and sitting down to watch a good chick flick or romantic comedy.