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Mikaela Shiffrin’s Swift, if Unplanned, Ascent to World Champion (New York Times Article)

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Great article in today's Sunday NYT - here's the online version...

 

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/01/10/sports/mikaela-shiffrins-swift-if-unplanned-ascent-to-world-champion.html

 

 

 

But when the Shiffrins moved east in 2003, they traded safe, dependable packed powder for what racers call boilerplate blue ice. It can be perilous; Mikaela eventually saw it as an advantage. “If you don’t have excellent technique, you won’t be upright on that hard ice for long,” she said. “Those East Coast racecourses prepared me for the World Cup circuit because the snow in Europe and the racecourses there are very much like the snow and the racecourses in the East.


Edited by jc-ski - 1/12/14 at 12:58pm
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Check out her video skiing a course at age 7. It's immediately clear that she is a one-off talent. I don't see a lot of 7 y/o kids skiing like that here and Squaw has plenty of strong kids.
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What a great story, and a great strategy.  We can use a focus on getting better every day of our lives and every journey we take.

 

alexzn, you're spot on about the 7yo talent.  She was quite smooth and calm even then.  She is going to be worth watching.  I'm already wondering if her future wins will include times that are head and shoulders above the rest of the pack.  Time will tell.  Until then, it's a pleasure to watch her race on the WC circuit.

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