One year before the 2014 Olympic Winter Games open, U.S. Ski Team phenom and Sochi hopeful Mikaela Shiffrin was proudly named the January Athlete of the Month by the U.S. Olympic Committee for two stunning Audi FIS Alpine World Cup victories. Shiffrin thrilled an overflowing Croatian crowd with a jaw-dropping 1.19 second slalom victory to take the prestigious Snow Queen Trophy to open the month in Zagreb, Croatia. The wire-to-wire victory rewrote history as the 17-year-old became the first American to win two world cup races in a single season before the age of 18. She also became the youngest woman to win two world cup slalom races in a single season since 1977. In her next slalom event two weeks later, Shiffrin was victorious yet again with a stunnin
g come-from-behind win in Flachau, Austria. She capped the month with a third-place finish to increase her lead in the world cup slalom standings before heading to the 42nd FIS Alpine Ski World Championships in Schladming.
When asked about this great honor, Shiffrin said, “It's really exciting to be nominated for this award and humbling to win. It proves to myself that I actually am competing on a global scale. It's not my little races back in New Hampshire anymore. This year has been really cool, not just because of my skiing, but because my skiing has allowed me to meet and interact with so many great athletes. I'm Tweeting with freestyle athletes and snowboarders and it's cool to know that athletes from other sports are cheering for me, just as much as I'm cheering for them. I guess that's what makes Olympic sports so special. It's the pinnacle of sport and it's the one place where we're all one team.”
Look for Shiffrin to continue her dominance and be a force to be reckoned with at the FIS Alpine Ski World Championships in Schladming.