Congratulations to Mikaela Shiffrin on her come from behind second run to win the gold medal in the giant slalom.
Earlier this year I wondered, just how good is Michaela Shiffrin? I’m not sure I’ve ever seen anyone better.
What makes Shiffrin masterful on course is the impeccable form she developed on the icy slopes of Vermont where she went to high school. Ben Cohen explains Shiffrin’s rise to the top:
Shiffrin was born in Colorado, moved to New Hampshire and trained in Vermont before moving back in middle school to what may be the best place on the planet for a skier. And the person who today may be the best skier on the planet didn’t want to be there. Her parents knew she needed to get back to the Northeast.
She enrolled at the Burke Mountain Academy, a boarding school in Vermont for ski racers, where the snow was so bad that it was basically ice. But what’s miserable for most skiers was magical for Shiffrin. This is where she became the most dominant skier alive.
“It’s perfect conditions,” said Bug Pech, Shiffrin’s high-school roommate, “because it’s horrible conditions.”
That contradiction is one reason she may leave Pyeongchang considered the greatest of all-time in her sport.
Read more here.