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AthleteI’m Mikaela Shiffrin - US Alpine Ski Racer, 2014 Olympic Gold Medalist with an eye on The Winter Olympics in 2018. Ask me Anything!

Mar 29th 2017 by MikaelaShiffrin • 19 Questions • 239 Points

Edit: Thanks for all the questions and congratulations guys! My time is up for the day but I love hearing what you have to say! :)

Hello! I’m Mikaela Shiffrin - 22 year old from Vail, CO. US Alpine Ski Racer, 2014 Olympic Gold Medalist with an eye on The Winter Olympics in 2018. You can follow me on Instagram at https://www.instagram.com/mikaelashiffrin/, read more about Team USA athletes at http://www.teamusa.org/us-ski-and-snowboard/athletes/Mikaela-Shiffrin and learn more the Winter Olympics at http://www.nbcolympics.com/ I’m ready for you to Ask me Anything!

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What do you think of slalom Tokyo drift?

A:

I think it's pretty funny! I know the guy who started that account.. went to school with him


Q:

Did you ever french fry when you were supposed to pizza?

A:

yes.... and it is NOT ideal!


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Did skiing on the east coast during high school affect your technique at all?

A:

yes, some of my most important developmental years were in the east coast where I learned how to race in more rugged conditions that what I saw in Colorado "hero-snow"


Q:

Whats the best pick up line someone has tried on you?

A:

"Are you a magician, because any time I look at you everyone else disappears".. just kidding no one has said that to me but I wanted to look up cheesy pick up lines just to have an answer for you ;)


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Thanks for doing this AMA!

I have one question:

Are there friends on powder days?

A:

haha... I can understand why people say no.. but I think it's nice to have someone to ski with on a powder day!


Q:

They say everybody loves Felix Neureuther because of his personality. In my opinion you're the biggest sweetheart! Who else is everybody's favorite and your personal? Who is life of the party?

A:

Hmmm. life of the party.. there are a ton of fun people on the world cup, felix is great for sure. One of my favorite athletes is sofia goggia. I'd say she's the "life of the party" kind of person


Q:

Lindsey Vonn and Maria Riesch are close friends. Lara Gut and Anna Veith look to be close and support each other a lot. Who is your best buddy among top skiers?

A:

I am pretty friendly with most of the girls on the circuit.


Q:

I am a beginner/intermediate skier. Do you have any mantras you could share that I could repeat to myself as I learn to carve down the mountain?

A:

stay centered on your skis... weight forward.. and outside ski is the boss!


Q:

What do you like best about Austria? :P

Good luck next season and have a great summer! :)

A:

I think the mountains/nature is beautiful in Austria. also love how many ski racing fans live there


Q:

Hi Mikaela! I'm a former racer teaching a younger sister to race. I'm a big fan of your skiing and relationship with fans.

How difficult is it to maintain a role model image for young racers and athletes (as you've been doing) despite pressure for female athletes to be beauty models and have a public personal life?

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I'm just trying to stay true to myself and hope that I will be a good roll model for the people that have similar interest in me!


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How did you get into skiing? Also, best of luck at The Winter Olympics 2018.

A:

my parents were ski racers and are great athletes. they taught me to ski. my brother is 2.5 years older than I am and he started racing before I did and sort of got me into the sport


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I'm an aspiring ski racer competing in the USCSA. I have trouble being consistent in my current state of skiing, what can I do to be more consistent?

A:

keep working on your technique.. consistency comes from a solid stance on your skis


Q:
  1. How long did you spend on your Taylor Swift instagram videos?

  2. Have you seen the Slalom Tokyo Drift "Shiffrin" remix?

  3. Gondola and chill?

A:
  1. probably 1-2 hours including the video editing
  2. yup! the guy who started Slalom Tokyo drift was my brother's roommate in highschool- he's hilarious
  3. hah.. no comment!

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I’m 18 years old and I ski since I am 4, but I have never skied between gates till now, ‘cause my parents didn’t love competition. Unfortunately only now I realized that skiing is too important for me and all I want is to have the possibility to work hard in order to become a professional skier. I know you were already world champion at that age, but do you think there is a chance for me?? Please be sincere.. PS: you are fantastic, an inspiration :).. kisses!!

A:

There is always a chance, it just depends on how hard you are willing to work.. if you are willing to make all the sacrifices to dedicate your life to the sport to be the very best you can be. it also depends what your goals are!


Q:

Read Ted ligety's route to the WC.

A:

like Secretariat or Miracle!

whatever you have going on today that you need courage for, I'm sure you will be able do it! Good luck


Q:

Mikaela! First off I love you and I try to model my slalom skiing after yours. Have you always been interested in speed disciplines or was it just recently you decided to start competing in them?

A:

I have always loved speed, just wanted to focus on the tech events first!


Q:

Did you dye your hair or is this still your natural hair color but somehow lighter than it used to be?

A:

I have gotten some highlights. my hair actually used to be much more blonde naturally, but with all of the skiing and having my head in a helmet it has gotten a bit darker over the years


Q:

Hi Mikaela! Curve ball question.. Have you ever sailed before or considered sailing? Do you have any plans to visit the Midwest in the future?

A:

I have windsurfed quite a bit and my uncle had a Catamaran that we used to take out on the lake outside his house


Q:

Who are some of your favorite music artists? Are there any songs that you listen to while preparing for a race?

A:

the shins, ellie Goulding, Ludovico einaudi, angus and Julia stone, taylor swift...