Mikaela Shiffrin Wins Olympic Gold in Sochi 2014 Winter Games

Mikaela Shiffrin Wins Olympic Gold in Sochi 2014 Winter Games

Stanford looks for its first win in South Bend in 18 years (Getty Images)

Mikaela Shiffrin made Olympic history as the youngest skier to participate in the event. At only 18 years old, Mikaela Shiffrin won the gold medal in the women’s slalom.

There was plenty of competition in the women’s slalom course. The event included 88 skiers scheduled to compete for a medal. Many of the athletes were eliminated or disqualified by the first run of the two timed runs used to select medal contenders.

The slalom course was a challenge for any skier, but this event was open for the world to view, adding to the difficulty. Shiffrin’s confidence and training provided the ability of the young athlete to meet the challenge of competing on the world stage and advance to a Gold medal.

During an interview following the event, Shiffrin shared with USA Today her plans for the future and her goals for the Winter Games in 2018 to be held in South Korea. The award-winning athlete explains her goal of attaining medals in five events including downhill, super G, giant slalom, slalom, and super combined.

A medal in five skiing events may seem like an enormous task, but Mikaela Shiffrin appears to be focused and more than willing to commit to the conditioningconditioning {youtube}http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5O8rI4NFcdI|600|450|0{/youtube} required to make her dream into a fabulous reality. A goal of five medals for the winter Olympics of 2018 makes the Colorado native, Mikaela Shiffrin, an athlete to watch in the years ahead.

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