Mikaela Shiffrin has taken the world of alpine skiing by storm at the young age of 17. Photo: Tom Kelly/U.S. Ski Team
Mikaela Shiffrin began turning heads almost instantly when she finished top 15 of her first two NorAm Cup races. And ski fans (and coaches) went cross eyed when she landed a World Cup podium during her rookie season – at age 16. During her official World Cup "rookie" year, she took a slalom podium with third just after Christmas, giant slalom points in February and a trip to the elite top-25 World Cup Finals. She ended the season ranked 17th in the world in slalom – as a 17-year-old. Her peers took notice and voted her "World Cup Rookie of the Year." This year, Shiffrin has already found her place on the podium in Levi, Finland, and has made her best-ever placement in giant slalom. Her commitment to working on fundamental skiing exercises has aided her success and makes her a perfect ambassador athlete for the new SkillsQuest program.
Name: Mikaela Shiffrin
Sport: Alpine Skiing
How/when did you decide you wanted to compete: When I was 6, I decided I wanted to compete because my brother was racing.
Biggest accomplishment in your career so far: Two slalom podiums on the World Cup.
Goals for next season: An Olympic medal!
Favorite snow destination: Mt. Hood
Favorite non-snow destination: Maui or Hood River
If you weren't a professional athlete what would you be: A musician, doctor or some sort of science related occupation
Biggest vice: Procrastination
Biggest pet peeve: When people wake me up from a nap for no good reason.
Advice to others who want to follow in your footsteps: Work hard and be patient.