Originally Posted by Tog
Great story SkiRacer!
Did she go to Green Mt. also or did you mean Burke?
See below post from @Bob Peters for the context for the following.
Well, here's "The Rest of the Story.."
(voice of Paul Harvey)
May of 2012. High in the mountains of Colorado, there is still snow. A ski area, a place called... Arapahoe Basin. A young ski racer and her mom. The racer training late in the season, following the snow. During a break from that training, the girl and her mom stop to take photos with a Mrs Bob Peters. Now Mrs. Peters, unknown to the racer and her mom, is famous for having her picture taken with the truly great racers. Olympic champions, World cup Winners, World Cup Champions. All the best, through the years. Many a photo. Many a champion.
Fast forward. Next race season. The young racer wins a slalom race on the World Cup. Quite a feat for someone still in high school, even more so for an American. Then she wins another, and another. When she's not winning, she's placing close to the top. She's now a huge sensation. Known all over Europe.
Now, at the World Championships, a place called Schladming in Austria. It is after her first run in the slalom. She is way behind. Nearly two seconds. Two seconds in a race often decided by mere hundreths of a second is... a nearly impossible task. The young racer is demoralized. But it has been done. The great Italian champion Alberto Tomba famous for coming back from such deficits.
It begins to dawn on the racer it is possible. With the support of her mom, her team mates, coaches. All the years of training and focus come into play. Plus... there is that photo with Mrs. Peters. Taken seemingly now, long ago.
So she gets into the start determined. Pushes off. Soon it is apparent she is skiing extremely well. Fast, smooth. Yet there's still the two seconds to overcome. Halfway down it's apparent it may be possible to the crowd. They start to get loud as such a feat would be truly special. Nearing the bottom the racer is still gaining. The crowd senses the young American is about to pull off the near impossible and starts going crazy when in fact she wins.
The young American goes on to win other races. By the end of the season she has won the overall World Cup for Women in Slalom. All before graduating high school.
And all made possible by... that day in May. May 2012 in the mountains of Colorado. A place called Arapahoe Basin. A young racer named Mikaela Shiffrin had her picture taken with a Mrs. Bob Peters. And now we look at it and what is it? It is a now a photo of World Champion Mikaela Shiffrin and Mrs.Peters.
And that my friends is the rest of the story.