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Mikaela Shiffrin is the G.O.A.T. (Greatest Skier of All Time)

Updated: Apr 15

Mikaela Shiffrin G.O.A.T. US Ski Team. Atomic Ski
Mikaela Shiffrin. Picture: GEPA Pictures / Atomic Ski

Mikaela Shiffrin celebrated in Saalbach her 97th World Cup victory, 84th Slalom podium, 60th Slalom victory, and 7th Slalom win of the season.

Shiffrin secured her eighth Slalom Crystal Globe by winning the Åre Slalom on March 10th tying her with Lindsey Vonn (Downhill) and Ingemar Stenmark (Slalom and Giant Slalom), who also hold eight discipline Globes.

Mikaela Shiffrin is an all-rounder who has won races in all disciplines. In December 2018, in Lake Louise, 23-year-old Shiffrin became the first skier ever to win in all six FIS World Cup disciplines. The 28-year-old US skier has a record of 60 Slalom, 22 Giant Slalom, 5 Super-G, 4 Downhill, 3 City Events, 2 Parallel Slalom, and 1 Alpine Combined.

She finished on the podium 152 times in 270 Alpine Ski World Cup starts. Only Ingemar Stenmark (155), has claimed more podiums in the World Cup than Mikaela Shiffrin.

Mikaela Shiffrin has won 60 Slalom World Cup events and 22 Giant Slalom events. In Levi in 2019, Mikaela surpassed Ingemar Stenmark's record of 40 slalom wins, making her the winningest Slalom skier of all time.

She achieved her first Giant Slalom victory in 2015 at the season-opener in Sölden. On March 19, 2023, Mikaela won the Giant Slalom in Soldeu and broke Vreni Schneider’s record of 20 Giant Slalom victories.

On December 18, 2022, Mikaela Shiffrin won her last World Cup Super-G in St. Moritz. Since 2015, she has started in 29 Super-G events, finishing on the podium in 10 of them, including 5 wins. Of Shiffrin's ten podiums in the Super-G, five were achieved in St. Moritz.

Mikaela Shiffrin once again climbed to the top of the podium in Downhill in St. Moritz last December 9. Since 2016, Shiffrin has started in 21 Downhill events, finishing on the podium in 7 of them including 4 victories, the first one in Lake Louise in December 2017.

Mikaela Shiffrin has won the Overall Crystal Globe five times: 2016-2017, 2017-2018, 2018-2019, 2021-2022, and 2022-2023. Only Marcel Hirscher (8), Annemarie Moser-Pröll (6) and Marc Girardelli (5) won the Overall World Cup at least five times. She goes past Lindsey Vonn as the American with the most Big Globes to her name.

Shiffrin finished the 2023-2024 winter season with 16 Crystal Globes (5 Overall, 8 in Slalom, 2 in Giant Slalom, and 1 in Super-G).

Mikaela Shiffrin won three medals at the 47th Alpine World Ski Championships in Méribel and Courchevel. A gold medal in Giant Slalom, and two silver medals in the Super-G and the Slalom. That makes a total of 14 world championship medals, just one behind all-time leader German Christel Cranz (15), in 17 starts: seven golds, four silvers, and three bronze medals.

Mikaela Shiffrin was born on March 13, 1995, in Vail, Colorado.

In February 2011 Shiffrin won the Slalom bronze medal at the FIS Junior World Ski Championships held at Crans-Montana, Switzerland.

Mikaela Shiffrin made her debut in the World Cup on March 11, 2011, in Giant Slalom at Špindlerův Mlýn in the Czech Republic.

When she was only 16-year-old Mikaela Shiffrin, in her 8th World Cup start she made it onto the podium in Slalom in December 2011 in Lienz.

A year after she won her first World Cup race in Åre on December 2012 when she was only 17 years old.

She became the youngest skier in history (male or female) to win an Olympic Slalom gold medal in Sochi in 2014.

In Schladming in 2022, Mikaela Shiffrin won her 47th World Cup Slalom event, breaking the record for most World Cup victories in a single discipline set by Ingemar Stenmark (Giant Slalom, 46) in 1989.

On December 2012 when she was only 17-year-old, she won her first World Cup race in Åre
Mikaela Shiffrin. Åre 2012. Picture: GEPA Pictures / Atomic Ski

Olympic Winter Games Starts: 11 (including 1 Team Parallel in Beijing 2022)

Olympic Winter Games Medals: 3

Olympic Winter Games Victories: 2 (Sochi 2014 SL, and PyeongChang 2018 GS)

FIS Alpine World Ski Championships Starts: 17

FIS Alpine World Ski Championships Podiums: 14

FIS Alpine World Ski Championships Victories: 7

FIS World Cup Starts: 270

FIS World Cup Podiums: 152

FIS World Cup Victories: 97


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