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Today’s blog is dedicated to Mikaela Shiffrin, who recently won her sixth Audi FIS (International Ski Federation) Alpine Cup on January 5th at the age of eighteen. mikaela

Born on March 13th 1995 in Vail Colorado, Mikaela has been skiing since she could walk. She began competing in FIS as soon as she met the minimum age requirement of fifteen.

At fifteen she won two Nor-Am slalom races (timed downhill ski races with flag markers) in Canada. It was only the eighth FIS race she had ever been in!

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Mikaela won her first World Cup at age seventeen in Sweden, making her the second youngest American, next to Judy Nagel, to win the alpine World Cup.

Mikaela is also the second youngest woman to make the slalom all-time list with six wins, next to Tamara McKinney, who currently has nine wins.

Mikaela Shiffrin wins the  World Cup! Watch it here. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LI7NegWhwqE

For more info on Mikaela Shiffrin, check out http://ussa.org/news/shiffrin-wins-career-sixth-slalom or http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mikaela_Shiffrin#Early_years

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