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Tag Archives: Mikaela Shiffrin
The only thing better than Mikaela Shiffrin gracing the Wheaties box . . . Gretchen Fraser representing the cereal brand the 1950’s. Breakfast of Champions!
She did it!
Front page of the February 22, 2014 Caledonian-Record, Vermont newspaper local to Mikaela’s alma mater: Burke Mountain Academy Alumna Mikaela Shiffrin Becomes Youngest Slalom Champion in Olympic History
I am particularly excited for (and anxious about) the women’s Olympic slalom race – mostly due to Mikaela Shiffrin and the very realistic chance that she could win Olympic gold. Thankfully, this is a night race in Russia which means we in the USA can easily catch the first run live in the morning (7:45 am EST) – only hours away. Now it’s just that pesky 11:00 am meeting I have to do something about. Don’t think I can bear to miss the conclusive second run. . .
Olympic slalom champions throughout the years:
1948 St. Moritz, Switzerland – Gretchen Fraser, USA
1952 Oslo, Norway – Andrea Mead Lawrence, USA
1956 Cortina d’Ampezzo, Italy – Renée Colliard, Switzerland
1960 Squaw Valley, USA – Anne Heggtveit, Canada
1964 Innsbruck, Austria – Christine Goitschel, France
1968 Grenoble, France – Marielle Goitschel, France
1972 Sapporo, Japan – Barbara Ann Cochran, USA
1976 Innsbruck, Austria – Rosi Mittermaier, West Germany
1980 Lake Placid, USA — Hanni Wenzel, Liechtenstein
1984 Sarajevo, Yugoslavia – Paoletta Magoni, Italy
1988 Calgary, Canada — Vreni Schneider, Switzerland
1992 Albertville, France – Petra Kronberger, Austria
1994 Lillehammer, Norway – Vreni Schneider, Switzerland
1998 Nagano, Japan – Hilde Gerg, Germany
2002 Salt Lake City, USA – Janica Kostelic, Croatia
2006 Torino, Italy – Anja Pärson, Sweden
2010 Vancouver, Canada – Maria Riesch, Germany
2014 Sochi, Russia — Mikaela Shiffrin, USA
2/19/1952 AP Photo: Andrea Mead Lawrence, U.S. women’s ski star from Rutland, Vt., holds up the gold medal she received in Oslo, Norway, yesterday. The medal was the Olympic award for her victory in the women’s giant slalom at the opening of the Winter Olympics last week. One day following this photo, Andrea would go on to win a second gold in slalom.
2/10/1960 AP Photo: HAPPY BETSY ZOOMS DOWN SLOPE – You can tell from Betsy Snite’s expression that she’s happy to get in her first practice run down Papoose Mountain today since coming to Squaw Valley, Calif., to get ready for the Winter Olympic games. Betsy, of Norwich, Vt., is an experienced international competitor rated a good prospect to win a medal for Uncle Sam. Betsy Snite won slalom silver at these Olympics.
Barbi Henneberger of West Germany followed Snite with bronze in the 1960 Squaw Valley slalom. 1/25/1964 AP Photo: AWAITS OLYMPICS OPENING – This is Barbi Henneberger, a young German skier. She is one of many girl skiers gathered at Innsbruck, Austria for the winter Olympic games which begin on Wednesday. Barbi won a bronze medal at the 1960 Olympics.
2/13/1970 AP Photo: Val Gardena, Italy – Barbara Cochran of Richmond, Vt., curls around one of the 60 gates to give United States its first silver medal of this world alpine ski championships, here today. She placed second in the women’s special slalom, won by France’s Ingrid Lafforgue. Two years later, Barbara won the slalom at the 1972 Sapporo Olympics.
Rosi Mittermaier of Germany wears her three Olympic medals earned in 1976 at Innsbruck, Austria. The haul includes gold medals for slalom and downhill, a silver medal for giant slalom. For Sochi 2014, it is the men’s slalom that is important to Rosi as favorite Felix Neureuther is her son.
February 11, 1936 Press Photo: The American Olympic Games Ski-ing Team, ladies’ contingent, at Davos, Switzerland, where these fair young women enjoyed training on the lofty Parsenn, under the expert tutelage of Swiss ski runner Otto Furrer. From right to left: Mr. Otto Furrer, Trainer (Switzerland); Miss Helen Boughton-Leigh, Captain; Miss Clarita Heath; Miss Grace Carter; Miss Elizabeth Woolsey; Miss Lillian Swann; Miss Ellie Eyre Smith; Miss Marian McKenn; Miss Mary Bird. Photo credit: J.P. Caspar, Davos
Alpine skiing debuted at 1936 Winter Olympics in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany with a single event – the Combined comprised of downhill and slalom. The 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia will feature five alpine ski events for each gender: Downhill, Super-G, Giant Slalom, Slalom and Super Combined.
Congratulations to the team of women who will be representing USA: Stacey Cook, Julia Ford, Julia Mancuso, Megan McJames, Laurenne Ross, Mikeala Shiffrin, Leanne Smith, Resi Stiegler, Jacqueline Wiles. Lindsey Vonn and Alice McKennis will be missed!
March 12, 1983 Press Photo: VAIL, COLO: USA’s Tamara McKinney takes a gate during the first run of Women’s World Cup Giant Slalom. McKinney had the second best time of 1:11:59, only 0.01 second behind teammate Cindy Nelson. McKinney is attempting to become the first American woman to win the overall World Cup Championship. UPI jm/Pat Benic
Tamara’s signature bunny hat was made by her sister who sells specialty knit goods through her Kentucky-based company, Ouisha.
With Mikaela Shiffrin’s win at Flachau yesterday, she has racked up seven World Cup slalom wins – quickly gaining on Tamara McKinney’s nine victories, the record for any American woman in slalom.
Tamara McKinney was my first ski hero. Her small stature but aggressive style coupled with her girl-next-door image and trusty Rossignol skis offered a strong, female role model in the sport. Her racing accomplishments include being the first American woman to win the World Cup overall title, two Giant Slalom titles, a Slalom title, multiple World Championship medals and a long list of career wins and podiums. She is a legend without question.
My husband and I have been devout followers of Mikaela Shiffrin — her stunning talent and rapid ascent — since we watched her win the slalom at the 2010 J-III Junior Olympics when she was 15. We had heard the hype but it wasn’t until we witnessed her runs that we truly grasped what this young girl could mean to the world of ski racing. Amazed by her performance, I began referring to her as “Magic Girl”. I was thrilled to be present to watch her win the slalom title at the World Championships in Schladming, Austria last winter.
So, with that, it is bittersweet for me to watch Mikaela gain on Tamara’s slalom record in record time!
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When Mikaela unleashed her full-force assault on the World Cup ski circuit this past winter culminating in the slalom season title, she became the youngest slalom champion since Christa Zechmeister of Germany 39 years ago. Here is a look at the 1974 slalom champion. . .
CHRISTA ZECHMEISTER ROWING AT THE KÖNIGSLAKE. . . It is not very often than pretty German skier Christa Zechmeister, slalom world champion 1973/74, has leisure time for rowing at the Königslake, near Berchtesgaden (Bavaria) where she lives. The 17 year old blonde girl, slalom star of the German national ski team, is even in summer busy, first of all with the training for the winter and then as a seller in a sportshop in her home town. 1974 press photo
1976 Sport-Parade (Americana Munchen) trading card #246.
12/7/1973 AP Wirephoto: VAL D’ISERE, France – THEY’RE 1-2-3 IN WOMEN’S SLALOM—Christa Zechmeister, center, of West Germany holds both hands high after winning women’s slalom of 19th International Criterium of First Snow ski race Friday at Val D’Isere. Hanny Wentzel, left, of Liechtenstein was second and Marilyn Cochran, right, of Richmond, Vt., third in the event.
It was a good winter at Burke Mountain Resort: early opening thanks to increased snowmaking, late closing due to high spring snowfall, in between a Burke Mountain Academy student became a world champion. Personally, my husband and I made even more wonderful friends and fell more in love with the community.
I remain extremely guarded about the development hurtling towards Burke with its purchase by Jay Peak. Yes, I know – progress, growth, security — these could and should be good things for locals and for guests, for ski and bike seasons. I do get it and am admittedly looking forward to some of the updates. But I can only hope change proceeds in appropriate scale and character, specific and authentic to what makes Burke. . . Burke. This winter I have been very mindful to soak up the mountain’s rich atmosphere and personality before it all starts to evolve, in particular anticipating the construction site at the base of the Mid-Burke Express quad next winter. There is irony, poignancy and comfort in the vintage image posted here.
A sincere thank you to everyone who keeps the ski and bike trails running and town amazingly pleasant and special!
3/16/13 UPDATE : She won! Photo: GEPA via skiracing.com
Photos (above and below) from 2/16/13 Alpine World Championships Slalom in Schladming, Austria. Hopefully, instead of flowers, Mikaela will soon be accepting a glass globe!
Tomorrow morning I will be anxiously monitoring World Cup Finals race results on my FIS mobile app – waiting to see if Mikaela Shiffrin will battle back to regain her top standing in slalom to win the season title. After losing her 33-point lead last week in the Ofterschwang slalom, she now trails Overall Champion Tina Maze by a mere seven points.
Today in Lenzerheide, Mikaela was awarded the Longines Rising Star award – recognizing her as the top young female racer of the 2013 season. Alexis Pinturault of France was the very deserving men’s recipient. Congratulations!