Born March 13, 1995, Mikaela Shiffrin grew up in Vail, Colorado.
She is an Olympic Gold Medalist and World Cup alpine skier. At 18 years old, she was the youngest slalom champion in Olympic alpine skiing history.
Shiffrin began skiing when she was two, under the guidance of her parents Jeff, an anesthesiologist, and Eileen, a former intensive care nurse, who were both strong skiers in their own right.
She made her World Cup debut in 2011 and won the slalom title at the US National Championships.
She became the youngest woman in U.S. history to win a World Championship and the youngest athlete in history (male or female) to win an Olympic slalom gold medal in Sochi in 2014.
She is the youngest racer ever to reach 50 World Cup victories and currently sits outright fourth in the list of all-time World Cup victories among men and women, with 66 (as of February 15, 2020).
If she was not a skier, Mikaela would study marine biology or environmental science. She loves to play guitar and piano, and sing (check out her Instagram!), play tennis, windsurf, and more. She also can unicycle and juggle a soccer ball like a boss!
Mikaela has a small herd of reindeer – the annual prize for the Levi World Cup victor. Their names are Rudolph (2013), Sven (2016), Mr. Gru (2018), and Ingemar (2019).