From the FIS official page:
According to the Oxford Dictionary a prodigy is “a person, especially a young one, endowed with exceptional qualities or abilities.”
The word, according to the fine etymologists who put that dictionary together, is taken from the late 15th century Latin word for “portent” prodigium which denotes “something extraordinary considered to be an omen.”
There is no official ski racing dictionary that I know of – but if there was, it’s most current edition, if it was illustrated, would very likely have a photo of 16-year-old US slalom phenomenom Mikaela Shiffrin next to a definition of the word “prodigy”. The results she has obtained so far are very possibly an omen or portent of great things to come from a young skier endowed with exceptional qualities and abilities. Shiffrin may very well one day turn out to be the best skier of her generation.
Shiffrin’s meteoric rise up Alpine Skiing’s ranks began as soon as she was old enough to compete with the bigger racers up the FIS food chain. Just last December at the ripe old age of 15, Shiffrin won a Nor-Am Cup super combined race held at Panorama, BC – it was only the eighth FIS-level race she’d ever competed in. She followed it up by taking a 2nd, 3rd and 1st again in her next three Nor-Am races, a super-G, a GS and a slalom respectively. A couple of weeks later she won a pair of Nor-Am slalom races held at Sunday River, Maine. A month later she captured glory on the international stage by taking a slalom bronze at the FIS Junior World Ski Championships held at Crans Montana, Switzerland (after having been down with a stomach flu the day before). Then in early April, just a few weeks after her 16th birthday and a few weeks after competing in her first World Cup race at Spindleruv Mlyn, she made history when she won the US National slalom title at a race held at Winter Park, Colorado becoming the youngest US skier to ever claim a national alpine crown.
Well-grounded, extremely humble and mature beyond her years, Shiffrin is flattered when compared to US alpine superstars Julia Mancuso and Lindsey Vonn, both of whom also made big ripples at an early age. Shiffrin, however, is quick to say she’s still got tons of work ahead of her if she is to be deserving of such high praise.
She an excellent tech skier... Her skiing is awesome and pleasure to watch..
I had that vid and few others already already bookmarked.