Who Is Mikeala Shiffrin The American Everyone Is Talking About?
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Who Is Mikeala Shiffrin The American Everyone Is Talking About?

Manon Lamy February 20, 2023

After the 2023 Courchevel Meribel Skiing World Championship, American skier Mikeala Schiffrin should be a household name.

Whether you like to watch the skiing or not; whether you ski or not; Mikeala Schiffrin should be known to all. And after a very successful run in the World Championships this past week, she is still the GOAT: The Greatest of All Time.

Who is she? In short Mikeala Shiffrin is the most successful skier in the modern era.

Last week, she showed everyone what she was capable of.

Who is Mikeala Shiffrin, the American skier?

Mikeala Schiffrin was born 13 March 1995 with skies on her feet. Indeed, her parents are both former ski racers. Shiffrin was born in Vail, Colorado, USA. From a young age she was successful in her skiing endeavours. So much so that she raced her first World Cup when she was only 15 years old in the Czech Republic.

A couple of weeks later, after her debut in Špindlerův Mlýn, she won the slalom title in the US National Championship aged just 16. She became the youngest American ski racer to win a national alpine crown. Nearly 10 years ago it was already clear that she would go on shattering records.

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At the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, she became the youngest slalom Olympic champion. At only 18, she won her first Olympic gold medal.

Ten years later she is still breaking records, At 27 Mikeala Shiffrin won her 76th World Cup race and also equaled Lindsey Wonn’s women record of 82 race win. Vonn was 33 when she won her last World Cup. She also continued to shine at the Beijing Games, to become a two-time Olympic gold medalist.

Record Breaker

If there is one thing everyone will agree on, it is that Shiffrin is the GOAT.

With all these wins, she is clearly the greatest of all time and she is setting the bar high for future skiers. We can see that following her very successful run in the World Championship in Courchevel just a couple of weeks ago.

On Thursday 16 February Shiffrin won the Giant Slalom. This makes it her seventh career world title. A few days later, on Saturday 18 February, she claimed the silver in the slalom.

It brings her up to 14 World Medals and breaks the tie she had with the Swedish skier Anja Pärson for the most medals since WW2. Shiffrin will return to the World Cup circuit in March to start closing up what has been another very successful season.

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Manon is a freelance journalist for Freshered. She joined Freshered in February 2022 where she is still working today. As a freelance journalist she enjoys covering everything from international politics to Formula 1 and travelling. Manon is currently in her final year of Politics and International Relations at the University of Nottingham after returning from a year abroad in Vienna, Austria. She hopes to continue her studies in Journalism.