Mikaela, 18, made history for America — and the world — by becoming the Olympics’ youngest-ever women’s slalom gold winner!
On the night of Feb. 21, American skier Mikaela Shiffrin took to the slopes for what was to be a historic run in her challenging and heart-racing event, women’s slalom. At just 18 years of age, the Eagle-Vail, Colorado, teenager beat skilled slalom champions Maria Hoefl-Riesch of Germany, 29, Tina Maze of Slovenia, 30, and Marlies Schild of Austria, 32, to become the youngest gold medal winner in the history of the event. Yay!
Mikaela Shiffrin Makes Olympic History
Though Mikaela’s big win was totally epic, it was not really a surprise. The young snow-ski queen won the world championship last year becoming the youngest woman to win an alpine skiing world title since 1985. Mikaela, despite her barely-legal status, is clearly no stranger to making history!
Her Olympic win this year marks a huge victory for Team USA as she is the first American woman to conquer the gold for slalom since Barbara Cochran in 1972 – that’s 42 years! Way to go, Mikaela!
A Great Day for Mikaela Shiffrin
Not only did Mikaela win the gold, but she beat some serious competition in the process. This is the Olympics after all!
Mikaela took the gold from silver-medalist Schild by just 0.53 seconds and her time of 52.62 for the run, beat defending Olympic champion Hoefl-Riesch’s time by 0.49 seconds and defending World Cup overall champion, Maze, by 0.67 seconds
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