Mikaela Shiffrin is an American Olympic and World Cup downhill ski racer. She is a two-time Olympic gold medalist and a World Cup alpine skier. She is currently a four-year alpine champion and World Cup winning skier and has skied for the US and Canada. His impressive resume includes victories at the world’s most prestigious event, the Olympic Games, as well as the world’s second most prestigious event, the World Cup.
The first of her two Olympics came at the 1996 Atlanta Games, in which she was part of a combined US-based team that won the gold medal. She then competed in the Beijing Olympics, finishing fourth behind eventual winners Sara-Kvita Bunde and Elena Kukushova. Mikaela then repeated the feat at subsequent Olympics, this time with the US team. There she missed out on becoming the first woman to win two consecutive Olympic Games, as Russia’s Vasily Ovechkova became the first woman to do so.
During the 2022 Beijing Olympics, Mikaela became the first woman to win the men’s and women’s downhill event jointly. This was made possible due to the partnership between Shiffrin and eventual mate Mark Appleyard. They are partners since 2022. During this time, the pair have won eight world titles, the most by a pair in an Olympic year. Mikaela also captured the World Cup for the first time, as she was named the bronze winner for the US team. She has twice finished second in the world, once behind Elena Kukushova and once after Anna Woolfolk.
Shifrin is known throughout the sports world for her impressive athletic achievements as well as her charity work. She began playing competitive skiing at the age of seven, winning a silver medal in the first skiing event held at the Olympic Games in skiing history. She qualified for the Worlds later that year, finishing second behind eventual gold medalist Birute Mikaela Flachau. From there, she won gold medals in the relay event as well as the overall event, becoming the first woman to win both the men’s and women’s events at the same Olympic Games. Shifrin’s incredible performance earned her a place in the US squad for the 2022 Vancouver Olympics, for which she qualified by placing second to Elena Kukushova.
Mikaela Shifrin Personal Details
- Date of Birth: 13 March 1995
- Place of Birth: Vail, Colorado, USA
- Birth Name: Mikaela Pauline Shiffrin
- Nickname: Mikaela
- Zodiac Sign: Pisces
- Occupation: Alpine Ski Racer
- Nationality: American
- Race/Ethnicity: White
- Religion: Unknown
- Hair Colour: Blonde
- Eye color: gray
- Sexual orientation: straight
Mikaela Shifrin Physical Statistics
- Weight in Pounds: 141 lbs
- Weight in Kilograms: 64kg
- Height in Feet: 5′ 7″
- Height in Meters: 1.70 Square Meters
- Body Build/Type: Athletic
- Body shape: Inverted triangle
- Body Measurements: 36-26-35 inches (91-66-89 cm)
- Bust Size: 36 inches (91 cm)
- Waist Size: 26 inches (66 cm)
- Hips Size: 35 inches (89 cm)
- Bra Size/Cup Size: 34B
- Foot/Shoe Size: 8.5 (USA)
- Dress Size: 8 (US)
Mikaela Shifrin Family Details
- Father – Jeff Shiffrin (Former Ski Racer and Anesthesiologist)
- Mother: Eileen Shiffrin (Former Ski Racer)
- Spouse: Unmarried
- Children: No
- Siblings: Taylor Shiffrin (Older Brother)
Mikaela Shifrin Education
- Burke Mountain Academy, Northeast Vermonte
Mikaela Shifrin Facts
- He was born on 13 March 1995 in Vail, Colorado.
- She is a two-time Olympic gold medalist.
- Both his parents were skiers. Her father took up skiing at Dartmouth College.
- He is one of only five Americans to win an overall World Cup title.
- She plays guitar and piano.
- Her parents met in 1985 in Massachusetts.
Since jumping into alpine combined events, Mikaela Shifrin has become one of the favorites in the sport. Her consistency, as well as the fact that she rarely wins, does not surprise many, especially since she is a four-time Olympic medalist. However, with all the victories and losses that he has experienced, some still wonder if he is still top enough to compete at a professional level. Shifrin qualified for the worlds last year in both the men’s and women’s events, but was unable to claim outright gold in either event, instead finishing second and third. However, it was still a remarkable achievement, setting an Alpine combined record in the process.
As a silver medalist, Shiffrin will not be able to challenge for the podium at the worlds this year, but she will still have the opportunity to show the world what she is capable of competing at an amateur level. After winning gold in the world downhill event last year, Schiffrin has only won a few additional medals in the Alps this year. As long as she can continue to improve her speed and her balance on downhill courses, she should be in good shape when the world turns. For now, however, she is best known for being part of a solid team at the Alpendorf Glacier Alpine Center in Switzerland, where she and fellow holder Matthew Girard-Ricot also compete in synchronized climbing and bouldering events.