February 18, 2019

How Olympic gold changed (or didn't change) Mikaela Shiffrin

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Her last Olympic win was the 2010 Vancouver Gold and I - a budding alpine ski racer - watched in awe. And with Jeongseon Alpine Centre - the venue for alpine speed events - constructed for the PyeongChang Winter Olympics, the country had to send a skier who is specialized in downhill and super-G. She struggled, and it's clear that these emotions, so close to the surface, will provide the backdrop for her performances, which don't get under way until the Super-G on February 17. I will race for you in Korea and I will try as hard as I can to win for you. Eventually, I created more damage, which led to the hardest two-year span of my career, as I worked my way back to being able to walk, and then ski. And I really had hoped that he would be alive to see me (at these Olympics).

Mikaela Shiffrin is probably the face of Team USA in the 2018 Winter Olympics, and it used to be Lindsey Vonn.

Shiffrin is just 22 but already has 40 World Cup victories already to her name. Shiffrin has been skiing since she was 2 years old and became the youngest person ever to win gold in the slalom at the 2014 Olympic Games in Sochi at age 18. And right now, with one more week until the start of the upcoming season, she feels as confident on skis as she has in years.

"I'm just going to lay it all out there".

It is one of many Instagram photos and tweets Lindsey has posted about her grandfather. Biney came to the US from Ghana when she was five, and she began skating at age six. Everyone loved her at first, but then... "I know what I'm capable of, and I think I know how to handle myself better than I did".

A healthy Vonn has been a rarity the last few years, but her problems have usually been more along the lines of injuries rather than illness.

And even though Vonn is healthy now, her knee injury still affects everything she does. Less than two years after getting back on the slopes, I crashed again in November 2016, this time resulting in a spiralfracture of my humerus, with nerve damage.

'My grandfather taught my father how to ski.

Vonn says without her grandfather's influence she may never have taken up the sport. "I am skiing exceptionally well; I have a lot of confidence".

Even after fulfilling her media obligations, Shiffrin did not have much time to celebrate. I'm not going to be nervous.

You might think such talk wouldn't bother the most decorated woman skier in history. "I tried to focus on learning the course".

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