2018 Winter Olympics: Who is Mikaela Shiffrin?

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What You Need To Know About Mikaela Shiffrin

Mikaela Shiffrin, is the youngest-ever Olympic slalom gold medalist. She won when she was 18 at the 2014 Sochi Olympics.

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Shiffrin is widely considered to be the next great women’s ski racer. The Eagle-Vail, Colorado, native is dominant in slalom and competitive in giant slalom.

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Other interesting facts:

  • Leads the overall World Cup standings for the 2016-17 season.
  • Considers Olympic gold medalist Missy Franklin to be one of her best friends.
  • Following in the footsteps of her parents, Jeff and Eileen Shiffrin, who are former collegiate skiers.

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Mikaela Shiffrin of the United States stands in the finish area after falling during the second run of the women's Slalom race at the Alpine Skiing World Cup in Lenzerheide, Switzerland, Sunday, Jan. 28, 2018. (Jean-Christophe Bott/Keystone via AP)

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