Skip to comments.Sochi 2014: Mikaela Shiffrin, 18, is poised to be next great American skier
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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Ice is ice. The best ice is in the East.
Does anyone really care about the Winter games?
Pray America is waking
“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.!!!
I’ve always enjoyed the Winter games. Miracle on Ice did it for me.
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.
I do. I love the skiing, especially. Just thrilling.
Poetry in motion!
Two words... Women's Biathlon.
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.
There WAS supposed to be a /sarc tag in there somewhere, right?
-— Does anyone really care about the Winter games? -—
Or the summer? I remember caring during the Cold War for some reason.
I will when all the smug elder jackweeds on this site quit knocking everyone under 55.
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