18-year-old alpine skier Mikaela Shiffrin won the final gold medal for the United States in the 2014 Winter Olympics. Once her time was official and she earned a first-place finish, Shiffrin became the youngest Olympian to ever win a gold in a slalom event.
Thanks to her success, Shiffrin has been dubbed “The Gold Standard” and America’s new teen idol on the cover of the latest Sports Illustrated issue.
You can check out the cover below:
If you remember, Shiffrin was one of the handful of Olympic athletes who received a regional cover leading up to the Sochi Games along with figure skater Gracie Gold, veteran skier Bodie Miller and snowboarders Arielle Gold and Jamie Anderson.
All of the athletes outside of Arielle Gold, who was injured during a training crash, earned a medal in Sochi. Shiffrin and Anderson won gold.
To refresh your memory, here was Shiffrin’s Olympic preview cover:
The greatest news for Shiffrin is that he best skiing is still ahead of her. If she can continue to impress on the World Cup circuit and stay at the top of the sport, she will be one of the biggest stars heading in to the 2018 Winter Games in South Korea just four short years from now.