20 Little-Known Facts About Olympic Alpine Skier Mikaela Shiffrin

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Olympic athletes come in all shapes and sizes, but they're inspirational nonetheless. They challenge themselves and constantly take risks, fully aware that injuries are expected for their sport. American ski champion Mikaela Shiffrin is an extraordinary Alpine skier, one of the very best actually. She's already won a gold medal in the 2018 Winter Olympics and shows no signs of slowing down!

Those who follow her career will know that she became the youngest Olympic athlete to win gold in slalom in Sochi 2014 back when she was just 18 years old. Eighteen! We're pretty sure a majority of 18-year-olds are winging their freshman year in college, so it's fascinating to see Mikaela made such a big name for herself while everyone else her age was just trying to avoid that dreaded 8 AM history class. The spirited and ambitious figure has a rigorous schedule and workout routine like every Olympic champ, but few will know about her skiing background, her means of prepping herself before a competition, and how she combats her anxiety.