Almost too shy she sits there, in the black Shirt, pushes her blonde mane to the side and smiles into the camera: “hi, it’s me again,” says Mikaela Shiffrin, and looks back: “It was a fun day.” But also a day with history. And then the young Alpine skier draws a wide sweeping arc as he succeeds only to her, from her record-breaking victory at the magic mountain Semmering to your beginnings in the world Cup.
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Seven years ago, exactly to the day, and there stood a podium with the American for the first Time on a victory. In the Slalom in Lienz, she was on that 29. December 2011 behind Marlies Schild and Tina Maze third. Mikaela Shiffrin was only 16 at the time and could hardly believe it, to be with these icons nearly on a level. “If you continue to train”, and prophesied of their Trainer, “then you’ll be able to maybe compete one day with the Marlies. Maybe.“ To hear these words had been a dream, says Mikaela Shiffrin today. “Marlies was my role model, the Best.”
Now, exactly seven years later, Mikaela Shiffrin, still only 23 years young, the record of your model is broken. 35 world Cup slalom was won by Marlies Schild, Mikaela Shiffrin is now 36. “I was not aiming for this record,” she says, which is unable to appear in spite of all the successes continue as an “all American Girl”. “But now that I’ve taken over the torch of success and carry you.”
Mikaela Pauline Shiffrin hails from Vail, Colorado, the Hotspot of American skiing. Her parents were ski instructors, and she has practically spent her entire life on the boards that mean the world. The powder snow in the far reaches of Colorado, the first ski school were suspended for you. The second career step was with the change to the Burke Mountain Academy in Vermont, to the icy East coast, where completely different snow conditions. The third stage of expansion was in the early and systematic entry into the world Cup scene.
“I have a pretty Talent,” she said once in an interview with this newspaper, but the real secret to success is her work ethic: “I’m more skiing than any other, I train more than any other, I spend more time in the mountains than all the others.” Always present: Eileen Shiffrin. Mother, trainer, Confidante and friend. She is the woman who drives the project, “Mikaela”. In Shine days, Mikaela Shiffrin took the Slalom victories with two, three-second lead. The bored you a bit, therefore she wanted more and took the plunge in the speed disciplines. You want to “develop the complete driver”. This is also managed.
Mikalea Shiffrin is the only female Skier in world Cup history, won all six disciplines of world Cup races. Almost half of their Starts, with 71 of 144, she came on the podium: 51 you have won, 15 in 2018. This is, of course, record.