Athlete Profile - Mikaela SHIFFRIN

Birth Date:  13 Mar 1995
Age:  22
Gender:   Female

Mikaela SHIFFRIN - Schedule

Start Time Event Status
Fri, 16 Feb 10:00
Ladies' Slalom Run 1
Fri, 16 Feb 13:15
Ladies' Slalom Run 2
Sun, 18 Feb 11:00
Ladies' Downhill 1st Training
Mon, 19 Feb 11:00
Ladies' Downhill 2nd Training
Tue, 20 Feb 11:00
Ladies' Downhill 3rd Training
Thu, 22 Feb 11:30
Ladies' Alpine Combined Downhill
Thu, 22 Feb 15:00
Ladies' Alpine Combined Slalom

Biographical Information

Highlights Olympic Winter Games
2014Sochi, RUS15

World Championships
YearLocationSLGSTeam X
2017St. Moritz, SUI12-
2015Vail, CO, USA185
2013Schladming, AUT165

World Cup Rankings overview - All rankings from 2014/2015, top three for earlier seasons

World Cup overview - Best rank per season and event since 2014/2015
YearDHSLGSSGACCEParallel Slalom
2017/20181 x 1st5 x 1st2 x 1st1 x 5th-1 x 1st1 x 1st
2016/20171 x 13th6 x 1st3 x 1st1 x 4th1 x 1st1 x 1st-
2015/2016-5 x 1st1 x 2nd1 x 15th1 x 8th--
2014/2015-5 x 1st1 x 1st----

World Cup - Ten best performances in current season
12017/2018DownhillLake Louise, AB, CAN1:27.55
12017/2018SlalomFlachau, AUT1:50.86
12017/2018SlalomKranjska Gora, SLO1:43.50
12017/2018SlalomZagreb, CRO1:53.07
12017/2018SlalomLienz, AUT1:43.87
12017/2018SlalomKillington, VT, USA1:40.91
12017/2018Giant SlalomKranjska Gora, SLO1:47.40
12017/2018Giant SlalomCourchevel, FRA2:02.40
12017/2018City EventOslo, NOR
12017/2018Parallel SlalomCourchevel, FRA

ALL - Overall, DH - Downhill, SL - Slalom, GS - Giant Slalom, SG - Super - G, KB - Combined, AC - Alpine Combined, PGS - Parallel Giant Slalom, CE - City Events, X - Mixed, DNF - Did Not Finish, DNS - Did Not Start, DSQ - Disqualified, DNQ - Did Not Qualify for final race
Nickname 'Mozart of Ski Racing', 'Sir Naps a Lot' [due to her love of sleeping] (, 06 Feb 2018;, 30 Jan 2014)
Hobbies Playing tennis, watching films. (, 01 Jan 2016)
Occupation Athlete
Languages spoken English
Club name Burke Mountain Academy [USA] / Ski & Snowboard Club Vail [USA]
Coach Mike Day [national], USA; Eileen Shiffrin [mother]; Jeff Lackie [personal] (, 27 Nov 2017;, 23 Jan 2018)
Sporting/Famous relatives Her parents Eileen and Jeff are former professional ski racers. (, 01 Jan 2016)
Injuries She suffered a right knee injury [torn medial collateral ligament and tibial plateau fracture] in a training crash in December 2015. Although the injury did not require surgery, she was unable to ski for two months. (, 24 Feb 2017;, 11 Dec 2016;, 07 Oct 2016)
Start She began skiing on plastic skis at age two in Vail, CO, United States of America. At age eight, her family moved to New Hampshire and she joined the ski team at the Burke Mountain Academy. "That's when I really started to fall in love with ski racing." (, 01 Jan 2017;, 01 Dec 2013)
Reason Her parents both skied professionally so she naturally started the sport at a young age. She later followed one of her best friends onto a race team. "I got into skiing because it was a social thing." (, 01 Dec 2013)
Ambition To win medals at the 2018 Olympic Winter Games in Pyeongchang. (, 24 Feb 2017)
Memorable Achievement Winning her first overall World Cup title in 2017. (, 18 Mar 2017)
Hero US basketball player LeBron James, US tennis player Serena Williams, Austrian alpine skiers Marlies Schild and Kathrin Zettel. (, 21 Feb 2014;, 16 Aug 2013)
Influence Her mother Eileen, who travels with her on the World Cup circuit and has worked as her assistant coach. (, 20 March 2017)
Philosophy "I am the master of my fate, I am the captain of my soul." [From the poem 'Invictus', by William Ernest Henley]. (, 07 Apr 2017; Instagram profile, 2016)
Awards In 2017 she was presented with the Skieur d'Or award by the International Ski Journalists Association [AIJS]. (, 27 Oct 2017)

In 2017 she was named the United States Ski and Snowboard Association [USSA] Alpine Athlete of the Year. (, 03 May 2017)

In 2017 she received the Beck International Award, the USSA's highest honour, for outstanding performance in international competition. She also won the award in 2014. (, 10 May 2017)

In 2013 she received the Longines Rising Star award as the top young female skier of 2013. (, 25 Mar 2013)

She was voted the 2012 World Cup Rookie of the Year by her fellow World Cup skiers. (, 25 Mar 2013)
Additional information General
At age 18 at the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi she became the youngest alpine skier, male or female, to have won an Olympic gold medal in the slalom event. At the 2017 World Championships in St. Moritz, Switzerland, she became the first female alpine skier in 78 years to win three consecutive world championship slalom titles [German skier Christel Cranz was the last female to achieve the feat in 1939]. Her first overall World Cup title in 2017 made her the third female US alpine skier to have won an overall World Cup title. (, 05 May 2017;, 24 Feb 2017;, 18 Feb 2017; FIS, 2014)

She suffered from anxiety during the 2016/17 season, saying she would vomit before races and suffer from stomach cramps. Her mother and assistant coach, Eileen, said the nervousness was due to challenges in finding adequate training time prior to the season. To overcome her anxiety, Mikaela began working with a sports psychologist. "I did actually throw up at several races, until probably the middle of the season. I was thinking, 'There's something wrong here, I've never been this nervous before.' She [the psychologist] just reminded me of all the things I knew but kind of forgot. She reminded me of things like I'm in control of my emotions. No matter what people are telling you, everything depends upon how you perceive it. I am in control of my emotions." (, 07 Apr 2017)

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