Mikaela Shiffrin is an American Olympic and World Cup downhill ski racer. She is a two-time Olympic gold medalist and 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. Her impressive resume includes victories at the world’s most prestigious event, the Olympic Games, as well as at 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 became part of a combined US-based team that won the gold. After that she took part in the Beijing Olympics, placing fourth overall behind eventual winners Sarah-Quita Bunde and Elena Kukushova. Mikaela then repeated the feat in the subsequent Olympics, this time with the US team. There she narrowly missed out on becoming the first woman to win two Olympic games in a row, as Russia’s Vasili Ovechkova became the first woman to do so.
During the 2022 Beijing Olympics, Mikaela became the first woman to win a combined men’s and women’s downhill event. This was made possible due to the partnership between Shiffrin and eventual partner Mark Appleyard. They have been partners since 2022. During this time, the pair have notched 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 U.S. team. She has also placed second at the worlds twice, once to Elena Kukushova and once to Anna Woolfolk.
Shiffrin has become known throughout the sporting world for her impressive athletic achievements, as well as her charity work. She started playing competitive skiing at age seven, winning a silver in the very first skiing event ever held at the Olympic Games in skiing history. She qualified for the worlds later that year, placing second to eventual gold medalist Birute Mikaela Flachau. From there, she went on to win the gold in the relay event, as well as the overall event, becoming the first woman to win both the men’s and women’s event at the same Olympic Games. Shiffrin’s incredible performance earned her a place on the US team for the 2022 Vancouver Olympics, which she qualified for by placing second to Elena Kukushova.
Mikaela Shiffrin Personal Details
- Date Of Birth: 13 March 1995
- Birth Place: 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 Color: Blonde
- Eye Color: Gray
- Sexual Orientation: Straight
Mikaela Shiffrin Body Statistics
- Weight in Pounds: 141 lbs
- Weight in Kilogram: 64 kg
- Height in Feet: 5′ 7″
- Height in Meters: 1.70 m
- Body Build/Type: Athletic
- Body Shape: Inverted triangle
- Body Measurements: 36-26-35 in (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
- Feet/Shoe Size: 8.5 (US)
- Dress Size: 8 (US)
Mikaela Shiffrin Family Details
- Father: Jeff Shiffrin (Former Ski Racer and Anesthesiologist)
- Mother: Eileen Shiffrin (Former Ski Racer)
- Spouse/Husband: Unmarried
- Children: No
- Siblings: Taylor Shiffrin (Older Brother)
Mikaela Shiffrin Education
- Burke Mountain Academy, Northeastern Vermont
Mikaela Shiffrin Facts
- She was born on March 13, 1995 in Vail, Colorado.
- She is a two-time Olympic gold medalist.
- Her parents were both Skiers. Her father skied at Dartmouth College.
- She is one of only five Americans to ever win the World Cup overall title.
- She plays the guitar and piano.
- Her parents met in Massachusetts in 1985.
Since making the jump to the alpine combined events, Mikaela Shiffrin has become one of the favorites in the sport. Her consistency, as well as the fact that she rarely wins does not surprise many people, especially since she is a four time Olympic medalist. However, with all of the wins and losses that she has experienced, some still wonder if she is still top-notch enough to compete at the professional level. Shiffrin qualified for the worlds this past year in both the men’s and women’s events, but was unable to claim the outright gold in either event, instead picking up second and third places. This, however, was still a remarkable achievement, setting an alpine combined records in the process.
As the silver medalist, Shiffrin will not likely 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 when she competes at the amateur level. After winning the gold in the downhill event at the worlds last year, Shiffrin has only picked up a couple of additional medals at the alps this year. As long as she can continue to improve her speed and her balance on the downhill courses, she should be in good shape come the time that the world’s rolls around. For now, though, she is best known for being part of a solid team at the Alpendorf Glacier Alpine Center in Switzerland, where she and partner holder Mathieu Girard-Ricot also compete in the synchronized climb and bouldering events.