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Sochi 2014: Mikaela Shiffrin, 18, is poised to be next great American skier
Washington Post ^ | 1/24/13 | Barry Svrluga

Posted on 01/24/2014 6:38:42 PM PST by SMCC1

Before Mikaela Shiffrin even reached her teens, she was like so many small skiers, tugged by a Poma lift up a hill, idle time between runs for adjusting goggles and wiping noses. This was at Burke Mountain Academy, a Vermont school for young, elite ski racers, and Shiffrin was a star there by any measure, with a propensity for seeking the kind of perfect turns that — eventually, linked together, over and over — lead to race wins. She skipped no steps.

As she sat back and let the rope tug her up the hill, Shiffrin watched the other skiers slide down. Not aimlessly. Mindfully. This was not thumb-twiddling time. What is she doing wrong? What could be improved? Off the mountain, she watched video of World Cup skiers, looking not only at what they did right, but at what they could improve. And then, when she did turn the camera on herself, she did so with the harshest eye. Kids so often want reinforcement; Shiffrin, from the start, craved criticism."

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TOPICS: Hobbies; Sports
KEYWORDS: olympics; skiing; sports; worldcup

1 posted on 01/24/2014 6:38:42 PM PST by SMCC1
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2 posted on 01/24/2014 6:41:14 PM PST by Doogle (USAF.68-73..8th TFW Ubon Thailand..never store a threat you should have eliminated))
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3 posted on 01/24/2014 6:42:29 PM PST by Doogle (USAF.68-73..8th TFW Ubon Thailand..never store a threat you should have eliminated))
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To: Doogle

Ice is ice. The best ice is in the East.


4 posted on 01/24/2014 6:47:00 PM PST by Paladin2
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To: SMCC1

ISGAS.


5 posted on 01/24/2014 7:12:40 PM PST by Da Coyote
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To: SMCC1

Does anyone really care about the Winter games?

Pray America is waking


6 posted on 01/24/2014 7:25:54 PM PST by bray (http://www.braylog.com/id47.html)
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To: bray; MinuteGal

“Does anyone really care about the Winter games?”

I do. I love watching the winter Olympics. I like them better than the summer Olympics, although I like them both. I love watching the competition within countries, and seeing our guys come out on top as often as possible. And I appreciate those from other countries that win too, because they have done their individual best.

I am so tired of the Olympics being used as a political pawn. It makes me psychologically ill when that happens. Can’t anyone just leave the Olympics alone to be enjoyed for the show of physical prowess by people who have spent a great part of their lives achieving excellence in their given sport. Again, I love the Olympics, and will be watching the various events with great enthusiasm. Go U.S.!!!


7 posted on 01/24/2014 7:49:09 PM PST by flaglady47 (Proud Conservative Republican)
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To: bray

I’ve always enjoyed the Winter games. Miracle on Ice did it for me.


8 posted on 01/24/2014 7:57:08 PM PST by UB355 (Slower traffic keep right)
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To: SMCC1

Why this article is a lie, everyone knows that anyone under the age of 55 is a worthless, debauched, degenerate piece of crap, especially that worthless Millenial generation.


9 posted on 01/24/2014 8:02:02 PM PST by Free Vulcan (Vote Republican! You can vote Democrat when you're dead...)
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To: bray
Does anyone really care about the Winter games?

I do. I love the skiing, especially. Just thrilling.

10 posted on 01/24/2014 8:12:12 PM PST by ottbmare (the OTTB mare, now a proud Marine Mom)
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To: ottbmare

Poetry in motion!


11 posted on 01/24/2014 8:19:16 PM PST by bigbob (The best way to get a bad law repealed is to enforce it strictly. Abraham Lincoln)
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12 posted on 01/24/2014 8:34:35 PM PST by LibFreeUSA
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To: bray
Does anyone really care about the Winter games?

Two words... Women's Biathlon.

13 posted on 01/24/2014 8:37:23 PM PST by Rodamala
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To: flaglady47

I’m with you. I love the pageantry, the ceremonies and traditions, and I love seeing Team USA win gold medals. When they show our athletes on the podium, with our flag being raised and the Star-Spangled Banner playing....it makes me forget the mess we’re in and fans the flames of patriotism in me.


14 posted on 01/24/2014 8:41:18 PM PST by hoagy62 ("Tyranny, like hell, is not easily conquered..."-Thomas Paine. 1776)
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To: Free Vulcan

There WAS supposed to be a /sarc tag in there somewhere, right?


15 posted on 01/24/2014 8:42:06 PM PST by hoagy62 ("Tyranny, like hell, is not easily conquered..."-Thomas Paine. 1776)
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To: bray

-— Does anyone really care about the Winter games? -—

Or the summer? I remember caring during the Cold War for some reason.


16 posted on 01/24/2014 8:50:41 PM PST by St_Thomas_Aquinas ( Isaiah 22:22, Matthew 16:19, Revelation 3:7)
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To: hoagy62

;-*D


17 posted on 01/24/2014 8:59:45 PM PST by Free Vulcan (Vote Republican! You can vote Democrat when you're dead...)
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To: Doogle

NOT GUILTY!!!!


18 posted on 01/24/2014 9:37:42 PM PST by Veggie Todd (I don't always talk to Obama voters, but when I do I ask for Large Fries.)
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To: Free Vulcan
Why this article is a lie, everyone knows that anyone under the age of 55 is a worthless, debauched, degenerate piece of crap, especially that worthless Millenial generation.

Why don't you just grow up?
19 posted on 01/24/2014 9:52:00 PM PST by 98ZJ USMC
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To: 98ZJ USMC

I will when all the smug elder jackweeds on this site quit knocking everyone under 55.


20 posted on 01/24/2014 10:30:37 PM PST by Free Vulcan (Vote Republican! You can vote Democrat when you're dead...)
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To: ottbmare
The warmup to the games. ;)


21 posted on 01/24/2014 10:38:16 PM PST by Daffynition ("If you think you can do a thing or think you can't do a thing, you're right." ~ Henry Ford)
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To: Doogle

I bet she grew up playing “Picabo”.....


22 posted on 01/25/2014 4:41:28 AM PST by trebb (Where in the the hell has my country gone?)
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To: Doogle
I've always loved the alpine events and religiously followed the skiers when I was a teenager.

I think it was a mistake to add the circus events in snowboarding to the olympic venue, they just don't fit the original intent of the winter games.......

23 posted on 01/25/2014 5:24:03 AM PST by Hot Tabasco (Miss Muffit suffered from arachnophobia.....)
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