Mikaela Shiffrin was born in Vail, Colorado to two former competitive skiers, hence it was no surprise that she began learning the sport as early as the age of two with plastic skis in her driveway.
Shiffrin began entering races as soon as she met the age requirement, and consequently made her World Cup debut in 2011 at 15 years old at Spindleruv Mlyn, Czech Republic. In 2012, she stood on her first World Cup podium winning third in the slalom in Lienz, Austria, finishing her rookie season with 17th overall in World Cup slalom standings.
In the 2014 Winter Olympics, Mikaela won gold, becoming the youngest slalom champion in Olympic alpine skiing history. In 2016, she broke the record for the largest win margin in slalom for women by finishing 3.07 seconds ahead of her runner-up. During the 2018 Winter Olympics in PyeongChang, South Korea, Shiffrin reached the top of the podium in the giant slalom at the Olympics, with gold in giant slalom and a silver in the alpine combined.
As well as being the youngest skier, male or female, to win 50 World Cup race before the age of 24, Shiffrin also is the first athlete to win in all six World Cup disciplines, and the first athlete to win four successive World Championship titles in a single discipline.
When she gets time away from the slopes, she remains active with other sports such as windsurfing, tennis and soccer. As well as feeding her creativity as she loves to play music.