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Mikaela Shiffrin

The youngest Olympic slalom gold medallist in history, teenager Mikaela Shiffrin made a spectacular Winter Games debut with her victory at Sochi 2014.

But although still only 18 years and 345 days old, the American’s impressive win was not a surprise.

Shiffrin had already announced herself on the world stage by winning the first of three consecutive slalom golds at the World Championships the previous year in Schladming, Austria when just 17.

The slalom and giant slalom specialist repeated her feat at Beaver Creek, USA in 2015, while she added to her third gold by winning silver in the giant slalom at St Moritz, Switzerland in 2017.

But Shiffrin’s reputation had been growing long before that first world title, with her World Cup debut coming in the Czech Republic in March 2011, two days before her 16th birthday. A few weeks later she became the youngest American racer to win a national alpine crown.

She has five World Cup titles, four in slalom and one overall, and by the end of the 2017 season, she had already earned 31 World Cup wins.

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