Mikaela Shiffrin

Mikaela Shiffrin Gets A Major Win Before the Olympics

Mikaela Shiffrin, the young downhill skiing phenom is feeling good heading into the Pyeongchang Olympics in South Korea this February. She is feeling good because she just won her first World Cup downhill race at the Lake Louise resort in Alberta, Canada. It was a spectacular victory because she defeated her teammate, arguably one of the best downhill skiers in the world, Lindsey Vonn.

Shiffrin usually competes in shorter races in slalom and giant slalom, as a three-time world champion, but has typically avoided downhill and super-G races. However, by branching out to other disciplines within the sport she is able to expand her skill and cement her dominance within skiing. The victory is especially impressive because of how quickly Shiffrin was able to achieve her victory in a discipline different from her usual, as the techniques between the races are very different. This race was only her first in the downhill.

Though Shiffrin will be most competitive within her usual disciplines during the upcoming Winter Olympics, this victory will give her tremendous confidence as she heads over to South Korea. “I wasn’t planning to win,” Shiffrin said. “But I felt pretty comfortable." Shiffrin is now only a win in the super-G from having a win in all five skiing disciplines, slalom, giant slalom, super-G, downhill and the Alpine-combined.