Beaver Creek is all about the racing this week. The World Championships are underway, and the athletes are ready to prove their skills and talents, hoping to come away with top honors. This year, there is a lot of anticipation for several US athletes including Lindsey Vonn, Bode Miller, Julia Mancuso and of course the beloved teen from Vail: Mikaela Shiffrin. Shiffrin will be competing for a podium spot in both Giant Slalom and Slalom, showcasing on February 12th and 14th. Coming hot off an Olympic win, Shiffrin hopes to continue her momentum into next week’s competitions and defend her Olympic Gold medal with winning runs at the World Championships. What’s unique about this race for Shiffrin is she will be competing on her old stomping grounds!
Photo courtesy of Atomic’s video footage
Bringing it back to her roots, Shiffrin explains her thoughts on the upcoming weeks as she prepares for two of the greatest races of her life. Currently the 19 year-old is ranked second, behind Sweden’s Frida Hansdotter, in slalom. Shiffrin has won two slaloms and is looking to reclaim the number one spot, making her the World Champion. As she said in her interview for Atomic: “I think, probably, I’ll have a whole mixture of emotions: excitement, nerves for sure. But I’m hoping that I also feel tranquil because it is my home town; it’s the town that’s supported me my entire life, not just my ski career but [you know] I took my first steps in this town. There’s so many things about this place that makes me feel like home and makes me feel so familiar that when I’m in the starting gate hopefully instead of feeling nervous or pressure or any of those any other kind of negative thoughts I’m just going to feel free. And that’s what I’m looking forward to most is welcoming that feeling in the starting gate and hopefully I’ll be able to put on a couple of the best runs on my career. Home isn’t just one thing to me anymore its kind of a whole combination of places and people and feelings that I get when I’m traveling around the world. The one thing that stays the same is when I click into my skis, put my goggles down, I look down at the snow and I’m like this is skiing, this is what I know and this is never going to change.” We look forward to seeing Mikaela take to the slopes on the 12th, putting it all on the line and showing her home town why she is one of the best in the world!