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Feb 15, 2014; Krasnaya Polyana, RUSSIA; Alpine ski racer Mikaela Shiffrin during a press conference at Gorki Media Center. Mandatory Credit: Andrew P. Scott-USA TODAY Sports

Sochi Olympics: Mikaela Shiffrin excited for Olympic debut

Feb 15, 2014; Krasnaya Polyana, RUSSIA; Alpine ski racer Mikaela Shiffrin during a press conference at Gorki Media Center. Mandatory Credit: Andrew P. Scott-USA TODAY Sports

In just a few hours, 18-year-old Mikaela Shiffrin will be making her Olympic debut in the women’s giant slalom at the 2014 Winter Olymics in Sochi. The United States star has been on a roll throughout the recent months and, despite being a newcomer to the games, she is mentally prepared like a seasoned veteran and ready to take the Olympics by storm.

“I am really psyched to race, and I’ve been here before, in my head, for sure,” Shiffrin said, via the AP. “So to everybody, it’s my first Olympics, but to me it’s my thousandth.”

Shiffrin enters Tuesday mornings race as one of the gold medal favorites, so it will be interesting to see whether or not she will be able to handle the pressure of being on the biggest stage of her career.

If her recent success is any indication, she will be able to perform at a high level.

As far as some of her competitors are concerned, Shiffrin is a lock to bring home a medal for the United States.

“She will handle the pressure really good,” Sweden’s Maria Pietilae-Holmner said. “She’s still young, she’s not thinking too much, and I think she will for sure take one medal, at least.”

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