Originally written on Rumors and Rants  |  Last updated 12/16/14
When experts talk about Mikaela Shiffrin they almost always compare her to fellow American skier Lindsey Vonn. While that’s an easy comparison to make, it’s also lazy. Shiffrin is a lot more like American swimmer Missy Franklin, which shouldn’t be surprising since Shiffrin cites Franklin as one of her heroes. If you haven’t heard of Ms. Shiffrin just wait a week because you won’t be able to get her off your TV screens when women’s alpine skiing at the 2014 Winter Olympics gets into full swing. She is arguably the United States’ best chance for a gold medal, and she could take home two. And at just 18 years old, Shiffrin is just getting started. The native of Vail, Colorado will turn 19 in March, but has already been on the World Cup tour since 2011, when she debuted two days before her 16th birthday. Her rise to prominence has been swift and unprecedented. A slalom specialist, Shiffrin won the 2013 World Championship in the discipline at Schladming, Austria at just 17, then won the...
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