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Sochi Olympics: Historic Slalom Gold for Mikaela Shiffrin

Sochi Olympics: Historic Slalom Gold for Mikaela Shiffrin

Mikaela Shiffrin of the United States in action during the Women's Slalom during day 15 of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics at Rosa Khutor Alpine Center. (www.Sochi2014.com)

ROSA KHUTOR, Russia (Feb. 21) – Eighteen-year-old Mikaela Shiffrin (Eagle-Vail, CO) became the youngest Olympic gold medalist in Women’s slalom history Friday with her victory under the lights at Rosa Khutor. “Today was one of the most special days of my life.”  Shiffrin said about her golden performance.  The World Champion capped off the 2014 Sochi Olympic Winter Games for the women’s U.S. Alpine Ski Team with two stunning performances, giving her the first U.S. slalom victory since Phil Mahre in 1984. Marlies Schild and Kathrin Zettel of Austria skied to silver and bronze.

“It’s an amazing feeling to win an Olympic gold.”  Shiffrin shared. “It’s going to be something that I chalk up as one of my favorite experiences for the rest of my life, but my life is not over yet.”

Shiffrin’s childhood skiing idols Marlies Schild and Kathrin Zettel of Austria skied to silver and bronze.  “These two (Marlies Schild and Kathrin Zettel) are my greatest idols. I modeled myself after them. To be in this moment with them, to share it with my family and friends, my team and my coaches, and everyone who has been in my past and will be in my future, it’s just very special.”

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