Mikaela Shiffrin wins gold in slalom event

U.S. slalom phenom Mikaela Shiffrin lived up to the hype and won the gold medal with an impressive day on the slopes.

United States' Mikaela Shiffrin, left, and Austria's Marlies Schild celebrate winning gold and silver in the women's slalom at the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics, Friday, Feb. 21, 2014, in Krasnaya Polyana, Russia. (AP Photo/Gero Breloer)

United States' Mikaela Shiffrin poses with the American flag after winning the gold medal in the women's slalom at the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics, Friday, Feb. 21, 2014, in Krasnaya Polyana, Russia. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

Alpine Skiing - Winter Olympics Day 14

SOCHI, RUSSIA - FEBRUARY 21: Gold medalist Mikaela Shiffrin of the United States celebrates during the flower ceremony for the Women's Slalom during day 14 of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics at Rosa Khutor Alpine Center on February 21, 2014 in Sochi, Russia. (Photo by Alexander Hassenstein/Getty Images)

Alpine Skiing - Winter Olympics Day 14

SOCHI, RUSSIA - FEBRUARY 21: (L-R) Silver medalist Marlies Schild of Austria, gold medalist Mikaela Shiffrin of the United States and bronze medalist Kathrin Zettel of Austria celebrate during the Women's Slalom during day 14 of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics at Rosa Khutor Alpine Center on February 21, 2014 in Sochi, Russia. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)

Austria's Marlies Schild, left, and United States' Mikaela Shiffrin leave the finish area after winning silver and gold in the women's slalom at the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics, Friday, Feb. 21, 2014, in Krasnaya Polyana, Russia. (AP Photo/Gero Breloer)

United States' Mikaela Shiffrin is congratulated by a member of the U.S. ski team after winning the gold medal in the women's slalom at the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics, Friday, Feb. 21, 2014, in Krasnaya Polyana, Russia. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

Alpine Skiing - Winter Olympics Day 14

SOCHI, RUSSIA - FEBRUARY 21: Mikaela Shiffrin of the United States celebrates winning gold after her second run during the Women's Slalom during day 14 of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics at Rosa Khutor Alpine Center on February 21, 2014 in Sochi, Russia. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)

Alpine Skiing - Winter Olympics Day 14

SOCHI, RUSSIA - FEBRUARY 21: (L-R) Bronze medalist Kathrin Zettel of Austria and silver medalist Marlies Schild of Austria congratulate gold medalist Mikaela Shiffrin of the United States during the Women's Slalom during day 14 of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics at Rosa Khutor Alpine Center on February 21, 2014 in Sochi, Russia. (Photo by Alexander Hassenstein/Getty Images)

Shiffrin of the U.S. skis during the first run of the women's alpine skiing slalom event at the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics

Mikaela Shiffrin of the U.S. skis during the first run of the women's alpine skiing slalom event at the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics at the Rosa Khutor Alpine Center February 21, 2014. REUTERS/Mike Segar (RUSSIA - Tags: SPORT SKIING OLYMPICS)

Alpine Skiing - Winter Olympics Day 14

SOCHI, RUSSIA - FEBRUARY 21: Anna Swenn-Larsson of Sweden in action during the Women's Slalom during day 14 of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics at Rosa Khutor Alpine Center on February 21, 2014 in Sochi, Russia. (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)

18-year-old Mikaela Shiffrin wins Olympic slalom

Austria's Bernadette Schild reacts after finishing he first run of the women's slalom at the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics, Friday, Feb. 21, 2014, in Krasnaya Polyana, Russia.(AP Photo/Gero Breloer)

Alpine Skiing - Winter Olympics Day 14

SOCHI, RUSSIA - FEBRUARY 21: Ieva Januskeviciute of Lithuania shows her emotion after her first run during the Women's Slalom during day 14 of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics at Rosa Khutor Alpine Center on February 21, 2014 in Sochi, Russia. (Photo by Alexander Hassenstein/Getty Images)

Argentina's Simari Birkner clears a gate during the first run of the women's alpine skiing slalom event at the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics

Argentina's Macarena Simari Birkner clears a gate during the first run of the women's alpine skiing slalom event at the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics at the Rosa Khutor Alpine Center February 21, 2014. REUTERS/Ruben Sprich (RUSSIA - Tags: SPORT SKIING OLYMPICS)

Alpine Skiing - Winter Olympics Day 14

SOCHI, RUSSIA - FEBRUARY 21: Emelie Wikstroem of Sweden reacts after her second run during the Women's Slalom during day 14 of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics at Rosa Khutor Alpine Center on February 21, 2014 in Sochi, Russia. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)

Finland's Tanja Poutiainen gestures after finishing the second run of the women's slalom at the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics, Friday, Feb. 21, 2014, in Krasnaya Polyana, Russia. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena)

Alpine Skiing - Winter Olympics Day 14

SOCHI, RUSSIA - FEBRUARY 21: Frida Hansdotter of Sweden in action during the Women's Slalom during day 14 of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics at Rosa Khutor Alpine Center on February 21, 2014 in Sochi, Russia. (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)

Sweden's Emelie Wikstroem reacts after finishing the second run of the women's slalom at the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics, Friday, Feb. 21, 2014, in Krasnaya Polyana, Russia. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena)

Austria's Marlies Schild reacts after finishing the second run of the women's slalom at the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics, Friday, Feb. 21, 2014, in Krasnaya Polyana, Russia. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena)

United States' Mikaela Shiffrin leaves after finishing the first run of the women's slalom at the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics, Friday, Feb. 21, 2014, in Krasnaya Polyana, Russia.(AP Photo/Christophe Ena)

Slovakia's Lukacova slides down the course after crashing in the first run of the women's alpine skiing slalom event during the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics at the Rosa Khutor Alpine Center

Slovakia's Barbora Lukacova slides down the course after crashing in the first run of the women's alpine skiing slalom event during the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics at the Rosa Khutor Alpine Center February 21, 2014. REUTERS/Leonhard Foeger (RUSSIA - Tags: SPORT OLYMPICS SPORT SKIING)

Canada's Mielzynski reacts after skiing out during the first run of the women's alpine skiing slalom event at the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics

Canada's Erin Mielzynski reacts after skiing out during the first run of the women's alpine skiing slalom event at the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics at the Rosa Khutor Alpine Center February 21, 2014. REUTERS/Ruben Sprich (RUSSIA - Tags: SPORT SKIING OLYMPICS)

Shiffrin of the U.S. is surrounded by reporters after competing in the first run of the women's alpine skiing slalom event during the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics at the Rosa Khutor Alpine Center

Mikaela Shiffrin of the U.S. (C) is surrounded by reporters after competing in the first run of the women's alpine skiing slalom event during the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics at the Rosa Khutor Alpine Center February 21, 2014. REUTERS/Stefano Rellandini (RUSSIA - Tags: SPORT OLYMPICS SPORT SKIING)

Norway's Loeseth reacts after skiing out during the first run of the women's alpine skiing slalom event at the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics

Norway's Nina Loeseth reacts after skiing out during the first run of the women's alpine skiing slalom event at the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics at the Rosa Khutor Alpine Center February 21, 2014. REUTERS/Ruben Sprich (RUSSIA - Tags: SPORT SKIING OLYMPICS)

Alpine Skiing - Winter Olympics Day 14

SOCHI, RUSSIA - FEBRUARY 21: Barbora Lukacova of Slovakia crashes out during the Women's Slalom during day 14 of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics at Rosa Khutor Alpine Center on February 21, 2014 in Sochi, Russia. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)

Germany's Woerner is carried off course by medical staff following a fall during the women's freestyle skiing skicross quarter-finals at the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympic Games

Germany's Anna Woerner is carried off course by medical staff following a fall during the women's freestyle skiing skicross quarter-finals at the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympic Games in Rosa Khutor, February 21, 2014. The 24-year-old's left leg appeared to give way on impact as she hit the icy landing slope after losing control over a big jump. She turned cartwheels before coming to rest and received lengthy medical attention on the course. REUTERS/Dylan Martinez (RUSSIA - Tags: SPORT SKIING OLYMPICS)

Strachova of the Czech Republic clears a gate during the first run of the women's alpine skiing slalom event at the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics

Sarka Strachova of the Czech Republic clears a gate during the first run of the women's alpine skiing slalom event at the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics at the Rosa Khutor Alpine Center February 21, 2014. REUTERS/Ruben Sprich (RUSSIA - Tags: SPORT SKIING OLYMPICS)

Alpine Skiing - Winter Olympics Day 14

SOCHI, RUSSIA - FEBRUARY 21: Anne-Sophie Barthet of France reacts after her first run during the Women's Slalom during day 14 of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics at Rosa Khutor Alpine Center on February 21, 2014 in Sochi, Russia. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)

Shiffrin of the U.S. reacts in the finish area after competing in the first run of the women's alpine skiing slalom event during the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics at the Rosa Khutor Alpine Center

Mikaela Shiffrin of the U.S. reacts in the finish area after competing in the first run of the women's alpine skiing slalom event during the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics at the Rosa Khutor Alpine Center February 21, 2014. REUTERS/Leonhard Foeger (RUSSIA - Tags: SPORT OLYMPICS SPORT SKIING)

Alpine Skiing - Winter Olympics Day 14

SOCHI, RUSSIA - FEBRUARY 21: Resi Stiegler of the United States reacts after her first run during the Women's Slalom during day 14 of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics at Rosa Khutor Alpine Center on February 21, 2014 in Sochi, Russia. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)

Alpine Skiing - Winter Olympics Day 14

SOCHI, RUSSIA - FEBRUARY 21: Erin Mielzynski of Canada in action during the Women's Slalom during day 14 of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics at Rosa Khutor Alpine Center on February 21, 2014 in Sochi, Russia. (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)

Austria's Schild clears a gate during the first run of the women's alpine skiing slalom event at the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics

Austria's Bernadette Schild clears a gate during the first run of the women's alpine skiing slalom event at the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics at the Rosa Khutor Alpine Center February 21, 2014. REUTERS/Ruben Sprich (RUSSIA - Tags: SPORT SKIING OLYMPICS)

Slovenia's Maze reacts in the finish area after competing in the first run of the women's alpine skiing slalom event during the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics at the Rosa Khutor Alpine Center

Slovenia's Tina Maze reacts in the finish area after competing in the first run of the women's alpine skiing slalom event during the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics at the Rosa Khutor Alpine Center February 21, 2014. REUTERS/Leonhard Foeger (RUSSIA - Tags: SPORT OLYMPICS SPORT SKIING)

Alpine Skiing - Winter Olympics Day 14

SOCHI, RUSSIA - FEBRUARY 21: Mikaela Shiffrin of the United States in action during the Women's Slalom during day 14 of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics at Rosa Khutor Alpine Center on February 21, 2014 in Sochi, Russia. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)

Germany's Hoefl-Riesch speeds down the course during the first run of the women's alpine skiing slalom event at the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics

Germany's Maria Hoefl-Riesch speeds down the course during the first run of the women's alpine skiing slalom event at the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics at the Rosa Khutor Alpine Center February 21, 2014. REUTERS/Dominic Ebenbichler (RUSSIA - Tags: SPORT SKIING OLYMPICS TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)

Austria's Schild reacts in the finish area after competing in the first run of the women's alpine skiing slalom event during the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics at the Rosa Khutor Alpine Center

Austria's Bernadette Schild reacts in the finish area after competing in the first run of the women's alpine skiing slalom event during the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics at the Rosa Khutor Alpine Center February 21, 2014. REUTERS/Leonhard Foeger (RUSSIA - Tags: SPORT OLYMPICS SPORT SKIING)

Alpine Skiing - Winter Olympics Day 14

SOCHI, RUSSIA - FEBRUARY 21: Maria Hoefl-Riesch of Germany in action during the Women's Slalom during day 14 of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics at Rosa Khutor Alpine Center on February 21, 2014 in Sochi, Russia. (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)