2014 Winter Olympics: 10 Interesting Facts About Mikaela Shiffrin

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10 Interesting Facts About Mikaela Shiffrin

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The 2014 Winter Olympics are quickly approaching and Mikaela Shiffrin is soon to be a household name across America. Shiffrin is an 18-year-old American skier who specializes in slalom events.

Shiffrin is being compared to 2012 Olympic superstar and gold medalist Missy Franklin, who burst on to the swimming scene in London as a teenage phenom. Shiffrin has the opportunity to make a name for herself when she hits the slopes in Sochi.

Her accomplishments continue to pile up, and Shiffrin would love to add a few Olympic medals to her trophy case. She considers skiing an art and one instructor called her the Mozart of skiing.

She is already well-known among the skiing community, winning several World Cup events as a young teen. Lindsey Vonn is currently the female face of the USA Winter Olympic team, but will not participate due to a knee injury. That leaves the door wide open for the highly talented, humble and beautiful Shiffrin to become the face of America during the 2014 Olympic Games.

Shiffrin’s mother travels the world with her to various skiing events, and they are best friends. Her mother and father taught her to ski at a young age and were very talented skiers themselves. Here are 10 interesting about Shiffrin and how she has made it to the Olympic Games. She is a must-watch and is likely to be a highlight for the USA team in Sochi. Don't miss her compete next month as she paints her way down the slopes.

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10. Learning to Ski

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Shiffrin began skiing at the age of two down her family driveway.

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9. Grandmother's Passion

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Shiffrin’s family bought their grandmother a new 40-inch television so she could better enjoy the Olympics. She is 92-years old and wakes up at 4 a.m. to watch her granddaughter ski.

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8. World Champion

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Shiffrin is the reigning world champion and World Cup title holder in slalom.

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7. Sports Illustrated Cover

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Shiffrin is on the cover of Sports Illustrated Olympic Preview magazine and is featured in an article entitled "the Next Lindsey Vonn". She is also drawing comparisons as the “Missy Franklin” of the 2014 Winter Olympics.

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6. Favorite Songs

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Her three favorite songs are For Good by Idina Menzel and Kristin Chenoweth, Set Fire to the Rain by Adele and Lights by Ellie Goulding.

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5. Late-Night Fame

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Shiffrin was featured in a “60 Minutes Sports” titled “Gate Crasher” that was created by Sharyn Alfonsi. She also made an appearance on David Letterman in March 2013.

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4. Top 5 Sexiest Female Skier

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Trace Sports rated Shiffrin as one of the "Top 5 Sexiest Female Skiers" in April of 2013.

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3. Won a Reindeer

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Shiffrin was the first non-European to win four World Cup slalom races in a season. She was once awarded with a reindeer at an event.

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2. History Books

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She made her World Cup debut at 15-years-old. She later became the youngest American skier to win a World Cup season. Shiffrin was the youngest person to win World Cup slalom in 39 years.

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1. Always Be Faster Than The Boys

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Heidi Voelker, an Olympic skier, signed a poster for Shiffrin when she was young and she wrote: “Dream big, always be faster than the boys.” Shiffrin now has "a.b.f.t.t.b" on the back of her helmet.