Mikaela SHIFFRIN

United States of America USA

Alpine Skiing

  • Olympic Medals
    2 G
    1 S
  • Games participations
    3
  • First Olympic Games
    Sochi 2014
  • Year of Birth
    1995
Olympic Results

Biography

Mikaela SHIFFRIN

Mikaela Shiffrin went into Beijing 2022 fully expected to add to her tally of two golds and a silver from two Olympic Winter Games. To say things did not go to plan is an understatement.

Having had just two DNFs in the previous four years, the American superstar had three at the Yanqing National Alpine Ski Centre.

She fell just seven gates into the defence of her giant slalom title from PyeongChang, and then made a similar mistake four gates into the slalom.

Having received public support from her boyfriend, Norwegian skier Aleksander Aamodt Kilde, and the likes of Simone Biles and Lindsey Vonn following abuse on social media, Shiffrin returned to action with a creditable ninth in the Super-G.

And after taking 18th in the downhill, the combined event looked hers for the taking.

Using skis borrowed from Sofia Goggia, she was fifth after the downhill with inferior slalom skiers ahead of her.

But her nightmare continued as, after around 10 gates, she fell again to complete her individual campaign without a medal.

Determined to take something from the Games, Shiffrin lined up for the mixed team parallel event but won just one of four races with USA eventually losing the small final for bronze against Norway.

She said, "Day after day, I just kept making the decision that I wanted to keep going, keep trying. It's always been a dream of mine to compete in every event at the Olympic Games. And I don't know, was it worth competing in every event?

"I mean, I have Olympic medals. Personally, I would say it was worth it, but it feels certainly like... I feel like a joke, I still do.

"You can fail and not be a failure, and I have won in my career and I'm going to win again."

Before Beijing, Shiffrin had amassed 73 World Cup wins with only Ingemar Stenmark (86) and Vonn (82) ahead of her on the all-time list. Her 47 World Cup slalom triumphs is a record, seven clear of Stenmark.

The Vail native won 17 of 26 World Cup races in the 2018/19 season and collected overall, slalom, giant slalom, and Super-G crystal globes – the first time any skier has achieved the feat. She also claimed slalom and Super-G gold at the 2019 World Championships for good measure.

Her dominance, particularly in slalom, was threatened by Petra Vlhova before she took time off the tour following the sudden death of her father, Jeff, in February 2020.

Shiffrin has not quite returned to the form she was in before her break, but she did win four medals at the 2021 World Championships - held at Cortina which will host alpine skiing at the2026 Olympic Winter Games - including combined gold.

Despite being at the top of her sport for nearly a decade, Shiffrin is still in her mid-20s and has every chance of breaking Stenmark's World Cup wins record.

Her slalom success at Sochi 2014, coming 12 months after she won her first world title as a 17-year-old, was widely expected. But she surprised herself with fifth in the giant slalom having thought, "My level at that point wasn’t good enough to deserve an Olympic medal."

Four years later at PyeongChang, her hopes of racing in all the individual events were dashed by high winds and schedule changes.

She did manage to win the giant slalom and reflected, "Winning the gold in GS in PyeongChang is probably always going to be one of my favourite moments of my career. Just because everything that it symbolises is everything that I hoped for."

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Results Event Sport

Beijing 2022

#4
Mixed Team Parallel
Mixed Team Parallel Alpine Skiing
#DNF
Women's Alpine Combined
Women's Alpine Combined Alpine Skiing
#18
Women's Downhill
Women's Downhill Alpine Skiing
#DNF
Women's Giant Slalom
Women's Giant Slalom Alpine Skiing
#DNF
Women's Slalom
Women's Slalom Alpine Skiing
#9
Women's Super-G
Women's Super-G Alpine Skiing
Olympic Results
Results Event Sport

PyeongChang 2018

S
Women's Alpine Combined
Women's Alpine Combined Alpine Skiing
G
Women's Giant Slalom
Women's Giant Slalom Alpine Skiing
#4
Women's Slalom
Women's Slalom Alpine Skiing
Olympic Results
Results Event Sport

Sochi 2014

#5
Giant Slalom
Giant Slalom Alpine Skiing
G
Slalom
Slalom Alpine Skiing