By Áine Cain
• Olympic gold medalist and top American skier Mikaela Shiffrin’s training schedule sometimes calls for intense morning workout sessions.
• When she’s staying at her parents’ home in Avon, Colorado, she’ll hit the dumbbells at the gym of a nearby hotel.
• She also skips the coffee at breakfast.
For Mikaela Shiffrin, talent isn’t everything.
The 22-year-old is looking to make history at the Pyeongchang Games by becoming the first American woman to win three skiing medals at one Olympics, The Denver Post reported. If she pulls it off, she won’t have her talent to thank. She’ll owe it to the hours she’s put into enduring grueling workouts — sessions that often leave her feeling like she might pass out, according to The New Yorker.
The alpine skier’s commitment to training is apparent in the in-depth profile Elizabeth Weil wrote for Outside. In her preparation for the Pyeongchang Games, Shiffrin stuck to a rigorous training routine with little room for deviation or slacking off.
“Most people with Mikaela’s talent just rely on their talent,” fellow skier and and close friend Brayton “Bug” Pech told Outside. “That’s why, when the competition gets really serious, they fall apart.”
Not Shiffrin, though. The reigning World Cup Champion didn’t become the youngest person to win an Olympic gold medal in the slalom at the 2014 Sochi Games just because of her innate talent. Like most Olympians, years of consistent of hard work went into her historic win.
Here’s how she starts her day:
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