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Four years ago Mikaela Shiffrin had a ”crazy” dream of winning five gold
medals at the 2018 Olympics. That aim is seeming less and less unrealistic.
Just after becoming the youngest ever Olympic slalom champion at the Sochi
Games Nick Boyle
Jersey , the then 18-year-old Shiffrin dreamed aloud ”of the next
Olympics (and) winning five gold medals.”
Right away she admitted her ambition ”sounds really crazy.”Article
However, less than five weeks ahead of the Pyeongchang Olympics, that number
seems more obtainable than ever before.
Shiffrin probably won’t win that handful of gold medals, but mainly because
she is unlikely to enter five different events in South Korea.
She will only decide on short notice which events she is going to enter at
Unlike at previous games, this time the technical races of GS and slalom are
the first events on the women’s Alpine Olympic schedule, enabling Shiffrin to
compete in her core disciplines before making up her mind on possible starts in
the speed events of downhill and super-G, and the concluding combined and team
Developed into a potential winner of every race she competes in, and even
triumphing for the first time in a downhill in December Terrance
West Jersey , Shiffrin has been dominating the Alpine skiing World
Cup for months.
Her win in a slalom in Slovenia on Sunday was her ninth of the season, and
seventh out of the last eight races, boosting her career total to 40.
That number leaves her one short of the all-time record for most World Cup
wins by a 22-year-old, set by Austrian great Annemarie Moser-Proell in the
With the World Cup season approaching the halfway mark, Shiffrin is leading
the overall standings as well as every single discipline except for super-G, the
only event she hasn’t won yet.
Her season stats are even far exceeding her achievements from last year, when
she became the third American female skier after Tamara McKinney and four-time
champion Lindsey Vonn to win the overall title.
Though winning is not all what Shiffrin is after.
”It’s a good way to put it that I am not competing, I am just enjoying every
turn that I make Mike
Wallace Jersey , to make every turn aggressive,” Shiffrin said.
”Right now I am just enjoying that so much, the skiing, that it’s even more
important than the winning.”
Still, the wins keep piling up.
With 100 points for every victory, Shiffrin has racked up 1,281 World Cup
points after 18 of this season’s 38 races and looks set to break the record for
the most World Cup points in a single season – 2,414 by retired Slovenian great
Tina Maze Eric Weddle
Jersey , a record many deemed unbreakable.
In her main event, Shiffrin is not just winning, she is crushing the field.
She triumphed in the past four slaloms by margins of 1.64, 0.89, 1.59 and again
1.64 seconds – a country mile in the sport.
Having won 20 of the last 25 slaloms she entered, it’s hard to see past
Shiffrin for gold at the Pyeongchang Games, even if the American doesn’t regard
herself unbeatable by any means.
”Every single of the competitors can match,” she said. ”That makes me even
more motivated to keep moving forward.”
While a night race in Flachau on Tuesday will be the penultimate slalom ahead
of the Olympics Matt Judon
Jersey , Shiffrin will be eager to keep her momentum going in weeks
After Sunday’s race, Frida Hansdotter of Sweden praised the American for
”taking the sport to another level.”
But Shiffrin, who usually refrains from keeping track of her records and
statistics, said ”it doesn’t feel like it’s something crazy that’s
This time, she said, ”it’s not like dreaming. And that’s really