Mikaela Shiffrin became the third youngest women to win the gold medal in Slalom and the 8th youngest to win any women's world champion event. This was clearly a big weekend for the U.S. women's ski team. Mikaela's 18th birthday is just around the corner and she will celebrate it with a triumph in Denver.
Eagle-Vail's Mikaela Shiffrin added some more glitter Saturday to what has been a historic world championships for the U.S. Ski Team, winning a gold medal in slalom at the event in Schladming, Austria.
With her 18th birthday coming on March 13, Shiffrin became the third-youngest women's world champion in slalom, and the eighth-youngest women's world champion in any event.
It was another in a string of achievements that have felt "unbelievable" to Shiffin and fans of ski racing: A World Cup podium in slalom last season at age 16, three World Cup slalom wins this season, now the title of world champion at an age when most young ski racers would be thrilled just to reach the world juniors championships.
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