• 2018 Winter Olympics: Who is Mikaela Shiffrin?

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    Mikaela Shiffrin, from Eagle-Vail Colorado, is the youngest-ever Olympic slalom gold medalist. She won when she was 18 at the 2014 Sochi Olympics.

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    Shiffrin is widely considered to be the next great women’s ski racer. The Eagle-Vail, Colorado, native is dominant in slalom and competitive in giant slalom.

    She is following in the footsteps of her parents, Jeff and Eileen Shiffrin, who are former collegiate skiers.

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    • Leads the overall World Cup standings for the 2016-17 season.
    • Considers Olympic gold medalist Missy Franklin to be one of her best friends.
    • Could become the first skier to repeat a win in an Olympic slalom event.

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