Mikaela Shiffrin skiing athete slalom
Shiffrin at the FIS NORAM GS race in Aspen, Colo. The 18-year-old is a top medal contender at this year's Olympics. (Beelde Photography/Shutterstock.)

U.S. Ski Team Announces Sochi Squad

Miller, Shiffrin headline group

Mikaela Shiffrin skiing athete slalom

It’s official. Teenager Mikaela Shiffrin and five-time Olympic medalist Bode Miller will headline the United States’ ski team heading to Sochi next month.

The U.S. Ski Team announced its squad for the Winter Olympics on Sunday. In what should come as a surprise to no one, Shiffrin and Miller both made the cut. Reigning Olympic downhill champion Lindsey Vonn, recovering from ACL surgery, won’t be competing.

Overall, the 20-member U.S. roster is composed of nine women and 11 men, including 2006 Olympic gold medalists Ted Ligety and Julia Mancuso.   

The media spotlight will likely shine on 18-year-old Shiffrin, especially with Vonn relegated to the sidelines. Shiffrin won three World Cup slalom races this season and is a favorite to medal at the event in Sochi.  

“I’m not worried about the Olympics, that it’s going to overwhelm her,” U.S. women’s coach Alex Hoedlmoser told the Associated Press. “There’s nothing else she wants right now except success. It was no different than when Lindsey was her age. She was the same way.”

For a full list of the 2014 Olympic alpine nominations, visit the U.S. Ski Team’s official website

From Outside Magazine, April/May 2021
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