When experts talk about Mikaela Shiffrin they almost always compare her to fellow American skier Lindsey Vonn. While that’s an easy comparison to make, it’s also lazy. Shiffrin is a lot more like American swimmer Missy Franklin, which shouldn’t be surprising since Shiffrin cites Franklin as one of her heroes.
If you haven’t heard of Ms. Shiffrin just wait a week because you won’t be able to get her off your TV screens when women’s alpine skiing at the 2014 Winter Olympics gets into full swing. She is arguably the United States’ best chance for a gold medal, and at just 18 years old, Shiffrin is just getting started.