At 22, skier Mikaela Shiffrin is about to represent the United States in PyeongChang at her second Olympics. She's an absolute master of slalom, the event where skiers race through gates for the fastest run time, and was described by The New Yorker as "a bright, affable American who dominates her corner of the sport with the kind of predictability and grace that draws in casual viewers, awes the experts, and inspires a lot of super-slo-mo check-that-out." Put simply, she's already been on a Wheaties box, and she's only becoming a bigger deal.
You'll be hearing a lot about her in the next few weeks, so get acquainted now.
Where is she from?
Shiffrin lives and grew up in Vail, Colorado, where she was born on March 13, 1995. Her parents were both competitive skiers and subscribed to the so-called 10,000 hours rule. They were pulling Shiffrin around on skis on the driveway when she was 3, and by the time she was in kindergarten she was on the slopes taking lessons. She went on to school at Vermont's Burke Mountain Academy, a boarding school centered on ski racing that had around a dozen students per grade. Not long after, Shiffrin was competing internationally.