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Mikaela SHIFFRIN: biografia
There is a strong argument to say that Mikaela Shiffrin is the most dominant athlete in any sport on the planet right now. In the 2018/19 season, Shiffrin lined up in 26 World Cup races and won 17 of them – quite an extraordinary statistic in a sport split by milliseconds and governed by weather and light, not to mention racing against 40-plus other elite-level competitors.
The 25-year-old ended that season as the overall, slalom, giant slalom, and super-G World Cup champion – the first time any skier has achieved the feat. She also threw in the slalom and super-G 2019 World Championship gold medals for good measure.
The numbers keep piling up when Shiffrin is involved. Then aged 24, she secured her 66th World Cup win in late January 2020, putting her third on the all-time list. The man at the top, legendary Swedish racer Ingemar Stenmark who has 86 victories to his name, believes that she will be the first and probably only skier to ever top a World Cup podium more than 100 times.
“The thing I am most proud of right now is that I know how to win in slalom, [giant slalom], super-G, and downhill, which I never expected would really happen,” Shiffrin told NBC after winning her 66th World Cup race.
Shiffrin’s Olympic medal tally currently stands at two golds and a silver, making her the most decorated U.S. alpine skier ever. But it feels like there is more to come. At Sochi 2014 Shiffrin took the slalom title many predicted, but four years later in PyeongChang dreams of a golden sweep disappeared among high winds, a compressed schedule and nerves.
Yet still she won Olympic gold in a discipline she had felt unworthy to compete in on the world’s biggest stage in 2014. “Winning the gold in GS [giant slalom] in PyeongChang is probably always going to be one of my favourite moments of my career,” Shiffrin said. “Just because everything that is symbolises is everything that I hoped for.”