The Winter Olympics in Sochi are less than a year away, and no sooner than American skiing superstar Lindsay Vonn suffered a gruesome knee injury, another young phenom has stepped forward to capture the American public’s attention. Her name is Mikaela Shiffrin, and she may be the Winter Olympics’ answer to breakout swimming star Missy Franklin.
There were 30,000 fans in attendance to watch Shiffrin become the eighth youngest skiing world champion in any discipline all-time. The Vermont-based teen is the third youngest slalom champion, and the youngest in nearly 30 years (since 1985, when American Diann Roffe won the slalom, also at age 17).
Fittingly, the Vail, Colorado-born teen was beside herself after the upset victory.
"It's such a crazy day," Shiffrin told the AP. "It's so emotional ... I don't know yet, I can't feel yet. It's amazing.
"I keep saying it, I keep thinking it. It doesn't make sense. It's just me.”