The Michael Phelps of Skiing Just Won Her First World Cup at Age 17-Remember The Name Mikaela Shiffrin

December 20, 2012 - 8:36pm

By ESPN the 17-year-old Shiffrin picked up the slack quite nicely. She won a night slalom, edging Sweden's Frida Hansdotter for her first World Cup victory.Shiffrin has been touted as the next American ski star, and she performed like one under the floodlights on Are's Olympia course. An outstanding second run gave her a combined time of 1 minute, 45.36 seconds."This is huge," Shiffrin said. "I think the best part besides the skiing was the ceremony. It made me cry a little bit when I heard the American anthem."Shiffrin was second after the first run and was then challenged by overall World Cup leader Tina Maze, who had a blazing second run to take a large lead just before the American was to ski. But Shiffrin kept her composure in a run that was even faster, setting a time that first-run leader Hansdotter couldn't match.Hansdotter was still ahead of the American at the first two intermediate times but w

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