Seventeen-year-old American Mikael Shiffrin became the third youngest woman to win the Alpine Ski World Championship in Schladming, Austria. Shiffrin was joined on the podium by Michaela Kirchgasser and Frida Hansdotter.
“Doing what I did on the hill today, especially in the second run, just skiing, is like dancing or flying,” Shiffrin said. “There’s so many ways that I can describe it. But it just is, and it works for me.
“It’s been 17 years in the making and everybody says that it comes so fast but it seems like it’s been forever for me. … I am just doing what I do and I don’t want to wait.
“I haven’t yet realized what just happened. I don’t know if I ever will. It was crazy, there were so many emotions today. In the first run, I wasn’t quite awake and aware of the situation. Two minutes before the second run, I felt I could win and I did!”
With the incredible season, Shiffrin should be considered a favorite in the 2014 Sochi Olympics.