Friday, October 27, 2017

Mikaela Shiffrin Grabs Skieur d’Or AIJS – Serge Lang Trophy


For the first time in recent years, a majority of members of the AIJS decided to elect an American ski star as the recipient of the ‘Skieur d’Or- AIJS Trophy Serge Lang’ Award to be presented at Soelden on Friday Oct.27th – 2017 in occasion of the Forum Alpinum to USA’s wonder girl Mikaela Shiffrin.
The defending overall World Cup champion is the first US female skier to receive the esteemed crystal trophy created by Joska and handed over by FIS since the election of her teammate Lindsey Vonn back in 2009. In 2005 Bode Miller was also elected ‘Skieur d’Or AIJS’ by a greater part of ski writers covering the World Cup tour.
During the past four years, the charming 22-year-old athlete from Vail, Colorado, amassed an impressive collection of crystal trophies, gold medals at major events and victories on the World Cup tour before clinching the big crystal globe at Aspen, in March 2017. Next February she will be aiming to capture more Olympic medals in Korea in her best specialties.
Members of the International Association of the Ski Journalists also awarded many votes to last year’s recipient Marcel Hirscher as well some to Beat Feuz or Ilka Stuhec.
"It’s surely not a great surprise to see Mikaela getting a majority of vote considering her impressive past season marked by stunning performances in the technical events and her determination to fight all the time for victory. She is also a pleasant interlocutor for ski reporters who greatly enjoy making interesting interviews with her on various occasions. Mikaela is doing a great job to promote our sport around the globe", said AIJS Vice-President Patrick Lang in charge of the ‘Skieur d’Or’ for nearly two decades now.
"Everyone within the World Cup tour is impressed by her passion and her dedication for alpine ski racing. She works really very hard on and off the snowfields", added Lang. "There are only a few examples in the history of our sport of so young athletes being so focused and successful in their best events – and for several consecutive winters. I also like her readiness to take risks competing in other specialties than slalom and giant slalom to clinch again the big crystal globe, so I was very happy for her when she scored many points in the speed events at Lake Louise a year ago. She surely has so much more to achieve in her mind! We all wish her great luck for another successful season this winter and more interesting stories with her".

Last season, for the first time in her career, Mikaela Shiffrin claimed the Overall World Cup title. Thanks to improved skills in the speed events, the only 22-year-old Slalom queen was able to score important points in Super-G and in Alpine Combined and became competitive in the Overall standings. She also claimed her fourth slalom globe.

Mikaela Shiffin was Born in Vail, Colorado, on March 13, 1995.

Statistics

FIS Alpine World Ski Championships Starts: 6
FIS Alpine World Ski Championships Podiums 4
FIS Alpine World Ski Championships Victories: 3

Schladming 2013 FIS Alpine World Ski Championships Slalom 1st (Shiffrin became the third youngest woman to ever win a slalom World Championship and youngest American to win any title since 17-year-old Diann Roffe won gold in giant slalom in 1985. She’s also the first American to win a Championship or Olympic slalom since Barbara Cochran won at the 1972 Olympics and World Championships in Sapporo, Japan).
Vail / Beaver Creek 2015 FIS Alpine World Ski Championships Slalom: 1st
St. Moritz 2017 FIS Alpine World Ski Championships Slalom 1st

Olympic Winter Games Starts: 2
Olympic Winter Games Medals 1Olympic Winter Games Victories 1 (1st in Slalom in Sochi 2014)

FIS World Cup Starts: 105
FIS World Cup Podiums: 44
FIS World Cup Victories: 31 (25 Slalom, 4 GS, 1 alpine Combined, 1 City Event)

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