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Drama holds you back.
– Mikaela Shiffrin
My parents strapped a pair of plastic skis on my boots when I was two years old and sent me down our driveway in Vail. Of course, they were holding on to me the whole time, but that was my first experience ‘skiing.’
When I’m in the starting gate, it’s just me and the hill.
Things you don’t expect come up, and you have to adapt. You can’t let it throw you off. You have to cope. Those are all really valuable skills, in life and racing.
Whether it’s learning to hit a backhand in tennis, learning high school chemistry, or getting better at ski racing, I really believe with hard work and analytic preparation, you can skip a few steps and find the faster way.
I have some really lofty goals that don’t even scratch upon the Olympics.
My dream job has always been to be a ski racer.
I love traveling and seeing new things, learning the histories of different cultures. But I’ve always wanted to go to the Galapagos to see the giant turtles.
Most people just see ski racing during the Olympics.
I like it when hard work pays off.
It rained a lot in New Hampshire, and when I skied, the snow was icy and hard, and the mountains were small.
I do doubles on Monday and Thursday, take Wednesday off or do easy cardio, do doubles on Thursday and Friday, and the weekend I just get outside and get active – jog or bike ride, or play tennis with my mom.
The harsh cold and windburn from hours of skiing does a lot of damage to my skin, so I try to keep my skin as moisturized as possible.
When I was 3 years old, I thought I was very good at skiing.
Dream big, but don’t be upset if it doesn’t happen.
I’m not really seeing pressure as a negative.
Out on the hill under the helmet, nobody sees your face or hair, but then you take it off, and they do – that’s the part I’m nervous about.
I have never limited myself by focusing much on being a ‘normal’ teenager.
I remember skiing being a family recreational thing.
I don’t really have time or interest in doing a lot of the crazy things that some of my teenage peers do, mostly because I have such a hectic life that I don’t need to add to that chaos by creating my own teenage drama like a lot of teenagers do.
A perfect day for me would just be a day that goes the way I plan.
If I hadn’t come East as a kid, I might still be a World Cup racer today, but I wouldn’t be the same World Cup racer.
I just – I fell in love with the sport when I started to ski gates. Once I was allowed to start training gates around 6 years old, then I really fell in love with it.
You can’t ever make the perfect run, but you can make the best run, and then you clock the fastest time, and that’s a win.
I just have tried to adapt to the constant changes that happen all the time in my schedule and try and find any sort of mini-predictability and balance within my very unpredictable life.
One of the biggest misconceptions is that carbs are bad. It’s a fad right now. Full disclosure: I’m sponsored by Barilla. But I’ve always been free about saying I love carbs, including pasta, in moderation.