Following a training program that put a major emphasis on exercises, she won a prestigious junior event in 2010 and the first of back-to-back U.S. slalom titles in 2011. In 2013, Shiffrin won the slalom gold medal in the World Championships and became the youngest girl in 39 years to claim the season title in the discipline. She also won a gold medal in the 2014 Winter Olympics in slalom, the youngest man ever to achieve the target. Parents Jeff and Eileen were both competitive skiers before turning for their medical professions, and Shiffrin learned the sport on a set of plastic skis in her drive at age 2.
Following the family moved to New Hampshire in 2003, Shiffrin honed her abilities through sessions with trainer Rick Colt at Storrs Hill Ski Area, and with trainer Kirk Dwyer at Burke Mountain Academy in Vermont. Shiffrin notched her first NorAm success in a combined event in December 2010, and fought off sickness to snag a bronze medal in the Junior World Championships several weeks after. Soon after making her World Cup debut in March, she won the slalom event in the U.S. National Championships.
Shiffrin joined the World Cup competition full time for the 2011-12 season, touring Europe with her mother in tow to cook and help along with her studies. The organization shown a success, as she earned her first World Cup medal using a slalom bronze medal in December 2011 and was named the circuit’s rookie of the year. Shiffrin also successfully defended her slalom title in the 2012 U.S. Championships. Any view of Shiffrin wanting time to catch up to the contest was shattered by her first World Cup slalom victory in December 2012. She won three more World Cup slalom events that season, along with the gold medal in the 2013 World Championships. In the finish of the season, she became the youngest girl in 39 years to claim the general slalom title.
Shiffrin’s graduation from Burke Mountain Academy in June 2013 functioned as a reminder that her career was still in its initial phases. Yet, with her success in the World Cup slalom opener in November 2013, she was likewise viewed as a powerful contender to get a medal in the 2014 Sochi Olympics. Having already won the title of slalom world champion the youngest in history the year past, all eyes were on the youthful challenger. Shiffrin controlled her first run, and while she almost crashed during her second run, she recovered in time to finish the class. She was also the very first American to win the event in 42 years.