Lyndsay Young poses in front of a video display at the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association's headquarters in Park City. The video depicts Mikaela Shiffin just after she crossed the finish line to win an Olympic gold medal in Sochi, Russia, in 2014. (Photo: Bill Keshlear/College of Health)
Alumna Lyndsay Young, class of 2014, PT, DPT, ATC, a resident of Park City, is physical therapist/athletic trainer for the U.S. Ski Team's top gold medal hopeful, Mikaela Shiffrin.
Lyndsay, Mikaela, and the rest of the U.S. team have been focused on World Cup races since the end of October. Their attention will shift to the 2018 Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea, in February. The College of Health is following them through an extraordinary racing season.
(Lyndsay sports athletic tape over her cheeks and nose to shield her face from the harsh winds and brutally cold temperatures in South Korea.)
OLYMPIC UPDATE: Feb. 15
Mikaela Shiffrin failed to win the Olympic slalom Thursday, placing fourth in the event she has dominated over the course of this season’s FIS World Cup circuit. Mikaela has won five of seven World Cup slalom races along with a city event and a parallel slalom. The American standout won the Olympic slalom title four years ago in Sochi. "I've been skiing aggressively in slalom all season long. I've been confident, comfortable,'' Shiffrin said. "Coming here and skiing the way I did, really conservative, was a huge disappointment. ... That's how life goes.''
After Wednesday’s victory in the giant slalom, Shiffrin seemed to be on a course that might have led to three Alpine gold medals, which would have tied an Olympic record. She was a prohibitive favorite in the slalom and she is the top contender for a gold medal in next week’s Alpine combined. Thursday’s result is likely to diminish the gold medal expectations by one, although Shiffrin is still expected to ski in a fourth event as well, the downhill on Tuesday (Wednesday in Korea).
OLYMPIC UPDATE: Feb. 14
Mikaela Shiffrin used a hard-charging final run to win the giant slalom Wednesday for her second career Olympic title. She trailed by 0.20 seconds after the first run, but powered through a course filled with ruts to quickly make up time in the second. At the 2014 Sochi, Russia, Games, Mikaela won the slalom at age 18. She will defend that title Thursday night (Friday in South Korea.)
OLYMPIC UPDATE: Feb. 13
"Korea proverb: At the end of hardship comes happiness (literal meaning: warm tea and a cookie)." – Lyndsay Young
High winds caused Tuesday’s women’s slalom to be postponed. Mikaela Shiffrin is now expected to make her 2018 Olympic debut on Wednesday, Feb. 14, in women’s giant slalom. She finished fifth in the event in the Sochi Olympics in 2014. The women’s slalom is now scheduled for Thursday evening. Mikaela is hoping to become the first woman to win back-to-back Olympic gold medals in the event.
OLYMPIC UPDATE: Feb. 11
"Gotta love outdoor sports due to incredibly high winds (no joke you could feel full on wind through the windows)." – Lyndsay Young
Mikaela Shiffrin stands at the top of the giant slalom course in Pyeongchang, South Korea. The race was postponed due to high winds until Wednesday night. (Photo: Lyndsay Young)
The women’s Olympic giant slalom scheduled for Sunday night that was postponed due to high winds will be made up Wednesday night. That means Mikaela Shiffrin will open her Olympic program with her best event, the slalom which is scheduled for Tuesday night. Giant slalom is her second-best event. It was the second straight day that an alpine event was postponed due to wind. The men’s downhill, which was scheduled Saturday night, also will be made up Wednesday.
|RACES SO FAR||RESULTS|
|Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Ger., Feb. 3-4||Did not compete|
|Stockholm, Swe., Jan. 30||Did not compete|
|Lenzerheide, Sui., Jan. 26-28||7th, GS; slalom, DNF|
|Kronplatz, Ita., Jan. 23||DNF, GS|
|Cortina d'Impezzo, Ita., Jan. 19-21||3rd, downhill; DNF, super-G|
|Bad Kleinkirchheim, Aut., Jan. 13||Did not compete|
|Flachau, Aut., Jan. 9||1st, slalom|
|Kranjska Gora, Slo., Jan. 7||1st, slalom; 1st GS|
|Zagreb, Cro., Jan. 3||1st, slalom|
|Oslo, Nor., Jan. 1||1st, parallel slalom|
|Lienz, Aut., Dec. 28||1st, slalom; 3rd GS|
|Courchevel, Fra., Dec. 19||1st, GS; 1st slalom|
|Val d'Isere, Fra., Dec. 17||Did not compete|
|St. Moritz, Sui., Dec. 11||20th, super-G|
|Lake Louise, Can., Dec. 1||1st, downhill; 5th, super-G|
|Killington, Vt., Nov. 25||1st, slalom; 2nd, GS|
|Levi, Nor., Nov. 11||2nd, slalom|
|Soelden, Aut., Oct. 28||5th, GS|
|Complete schedule and results|
|FIS STANDINGS (as of Feb. 2)|
|1. Michaela Shiffrin (USA)||1,513|
|2. Wendy Holdener (SUI)||842|
|3. Viktoria Rebensberg (GER)||754|
|4. Petra Vlhova (SVK)||714|
|5. Frida Hansdotter (SWE)||657|
Lenzerheide, Switzerland (Jan. 29, 2018)
Mikaela Shiffrin ended her six-race winning streak in World Cup slaloms Sunday when she stunned her rivals by skiing off course with a lead of a full second in sight of the finish. Shiffrin lost rhythm and balance going into a straight combination with six gates left, handing victory to Petra Vlhova of Slovakia in the last slalom before the Pyeongchang Olympics.
Next up: the Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea (women's races Feb. 12-24)
KRONPLATZ, Italy (Jan. 23, 2018)
Mikaela Shiffrin lost her balance and her lead in the World Cup giant slalom standings on Tuesday, falling on the first run of a GS at Kronplatz. It was the first time in six years that she failed to finish two World Cup races in a row. Shiffrin missed a gate in Sunday’s super-G at Cortina d’Ampezzo, Italy.
Next up: Lenzerheide, Switzerland (Jan. 26-28)
CORTINA D' IMPEZZO, Italy (Jan. 19-21, 2018)
Lindsey Vonn made a brilliant recovery after a rut deflected one of her skis into the air, which likely deprived her of a victory in her pursuit of the all-time World Cup wins record Friday, while teammate Mikaela Shiffrin posted yet another eye-popping result in downhill.
Next up: Kronplatz, Italy (Jan. 23)
FLACHAU, Austria (Jan. 9, 2018)
Team Shiffrin celebrates after Michaela's slalom win in Flachau. Lyndsay is at left in the turqoise parka; Michaela is at center. (Photo: Lyndsay Young)
(Video: FIS Alpine)
Olympic slalom champion Mikaela Shiffrin used a frenetic final run to stretch her winning streak in 2018 to five races at a women’s World Cup night race on Tuesday. Mikaela became the first female skier to start a calendar year with five straight wins, eclipsing the previous best mark by Swiss standout Vreni Schneider in 1989.
Less than five weeks before the Olympic slalom in Pyeongchang, the American called her recovery in the final run “a really big step for me.”
“This was the first time that I was coming from behind in the first run and I had to make a statement,” she said. “That was really important for me, a really big checkmark on the way to the Olympics because when we are there, anything can happen, and I want to be mentally prepared for all those possibilities.”
Next up: Cortina d'Impezzo, Italy (Jan. 19-21)
KRANJSKA GORA, Slovenia (Jan. 7, 2018)
"Bled, Slovenia, was a very pleasant surprise. Felt recharged when I walked into my hotel with this view. Lakes always make me feel close to home." – Lyndsay Young
Lyndsay's exercise regime outside her room with a view in Bled, Slovenia. (Photo: Lyndsay Young)
(Video: U.S. Ski and Snowboard)
For Mikaela Shiffrin it was another overpowering victory on the World Cup, and once again it carried historic implications.
On Saturday the Vail, Colo., racer posted her 39th career World Cup victory, giving her exactly half of Lindsey Vonn’s total (78) which is the most in history for a woman — and Shiffrin is 11 years younger than Vonn. Then on Sunday, Shiffrin claimed a slalom at Kranjska Gora, Slovenia, for win No. 40, tying her for 11th place on the all-time wins list with Pirmin Zurbriggen of Switzerland.
Even more intriguing, she tied Ingemar Stenmark for second on the list of most wins at age 22. Only Annemarie Moser-Proell of Austria had more wins (41) before turning 23, and Shiffrin can equal that in a slalom Tuesday night at Flachau, Austria. It would be hard to bet against her as Shiffrin has won six of this season’s seven slaloms and has been prevailing by ridiculous margins.
Next up: Flachau, Austria (Jan. 9); Cortina d'Impezzo, Italy (Jan. 17-21)
ZAGREB, Croatia (Jan. 3, 2018)
(Video: FIS Alpine)
Mikaela Shiffrin captured her fifth win in six slalom races this season on Wednesday by the massive margin of 1.59 seconds, her 23rd podium appearance in her last 24 slaloms. That ranks it among the best slalom streaks in history. Only Ingemar Stenmark of Sweden (38 of 39) and Vreni Schneider of Switzerland (26 of 27) have posted longer runs of slalom excellence.
Mikaela added another 100 points to her massive lead in the overall World Cup standings over the second-place racer, Viktoria Rebensburg of Germany. Shiffrin is at 1,081 and Rebensburg — who did not race Wednesday — has 510.
Next up: Kranjska Gora, Slovenia.
LIENZ, Austria (Dec. 28-29, 2017); Oslo, Norway (Jan. 1, 2018)
"Good start to 2018. Woke up in beautiful Oslo, went on an icy run, watched Mikaela fight for her 37th victory, and ate an entire pizza." – Lyndsay Young
Lyndsay and husband Chris take a break from the FIS World Cup circuit for a short holiday in Grindelwald, Switzerland, before heading for the next stop, Lienz, Austria. Lyndsay (below, left) and other members of Team Shiffrin pose at the Kleine Scheidigg railway station in the Bernese Oberland region of Switzerland. The Eiger face is in the background. (Photos: Lyndsay Young)
Olympic champion Mikaela Shiffrin mastered a tricky slalom course in Lienz to cruise to her 36th career World Cup win. Backed by a huge 1.14-second lead from the opening leg, the defending overall World Cup champion avoided risks and posted only the 11th-fastest time in the final run but still comfortably beat second-place Wendy Holdener of Switzerland by 0.89 seconds.
“It was a wild ride,” Shiffrin said about her second run on the Schlossberg course, where she earned her first career podium six years ago. “There were a couple of weak spots but there were definitely some spots that were really fast.”
Initially a GS was planned but organizers swapped that race with Friday’s slalom because of weather conditions as overnight snowfall forced course workers to move fresh snow out of the race line.
The women who specialize in slalom and GS are in the middle of an exhausting part of their season.
(Video: U.S. Ski and Snowboard)
Mikaela Shiffrin won a parallel slalom city event in Oslo on Monday to match her childhood idol, Marlies Schild, with her 37th World Cup victory. Shiffrin pumped her fist violently after edging Swiss rival Wendy Holdener in the final of a night race made complicated by fog and mist.
Shiffrin, the 22-year-old American standout, and Schild, the retired Austrian slalom specialist, are now joint sixth on the list of all-time winners that Lindsey Vonn tops with 78 victories. It was the seventh win overall and second in parallel this season for Shiffrin, who is favored to defend her Olympic slalom title at the Pyeongchang Games next month.
Next up: Zagreb, Croatia.
COURCHEVEL, France (Dec. 19-20, 2017)
"Way to punch another in there." – Lyndsay Young
Lyndsay reacts to Mikaela's giant slalom win in Courchevel - at 0:19 in the video. (Screen grab: FIS Alpine)
Mikaela wins the giant slalom in Courchevel. (Video: FIS Alpine)
It was a new wrinkle for the women’s World Cup, but the result was a continuation of the fascinating battle for slalom dominance that is unfolding this season between Mikaela Shiffrin, of Vail, Colo., and Slovakia’s Petra Vlhova.
In the final round of a parallel slalom Wednesday night in Courchevel, France, Shiffrin defeated Vlhova by 0.04 of a second for her second slalom victory of the season. In the two previous slaloms this season, Shiffrin finished second to Vlhova on Nov. 11 in Levi, Finland, and Vlhova was second to Shiffrin two weeks later in Killington, Vt.
It was the second win for Shiffrin in two days at Courchevel, where she won a giant slalom on Tuesday, and it allowed her to put another 100 points between her and her closest rival in the World Cup overall chase, Viktoria Rebensburg of Germany. Rebensburg did not race Wednesday and trails Shiffrin 721-430 in the points standings.
Next up: Lienz, Austria.
ST. MORITZ, Switzerland (Dec. 11, 2017)
"The Maloja snake bites again. These thick white winds from the Maloja pass go right through the middle of the speed track in St. Moritz and make it very difficult to have a speed race." – Lyndsay Young, after a weekend of nasty weather
Mikaela skis a wind-swept super-G at St. Moritz. (Screen grab: Eurosport)
A World Cup combined event in St. Moritz was canceled Friday because of weather, shortly after Mikaela Shiffrin had been fastest in the opening slalom run. Thick fog wiped away Mikaela's chances of adding to her overall lead in the standings after organizers first pushed back the super-G start time and then decided to scrap it. On Saturday, Mikaela was a second and a half out of first and placed 20th in the super-G. Races were cancelled on Sunday.
Next up: Courchevel, France.
LAKE LOUISE, Canada (Dec. 1, 2017)
"Another downhill day up here in Lake Louise. Let’s go ladies." – Lyndsay Young
Mikaela at the start of the downhill at Lake Louise. (Photo: Lyndsay Young)
(Video: U.S. Ski and Snowboard)
Mikaela Shiffrin won her first World Cup downhill on a course dominated by her American teammate, Lindsey Vonn. Shiffrin is the reigning Olympic and world champion in slalom, but she also is proving to be a threat in speed disciplines, with Saturday’s victory in just her fourth World Cup downhill race.
“The biggest thing is I’m learning about the mentality to ski well in downhill and ski the way that I want to,” the 22-year-old said.
Vonn has won 14 downhill and four super-G races in Lake Louise. After crashing into the safety netting in Friday’s season-opening downhill, she tied for 12th Saturday.
Next up: St. Moritz, Switzerland.
KILLINGTON, Vt. (Nov. 25, 2017)
“Congratulations Mikaela Shiffrin on taming the Beast of the East. Thank you, Killington Mountain for putting on such an amazing race!!! The energy and passion from all you East Coast fans are contagious.” – Lyndsay Young
A celebration in Killington, Vt.: Lyndsay, right of skis, and Michaela, center, with her 95-year-old grandmother. (Photo: Lyndsay Young)
Mikaela Shiffrin had a roaring crowd in her corner, possibly the biggest to watch a women's World Cup race. But it was not enough to overcome Germany's Viktoria Rebensburg and a mistake early in her run in a stirring duel Saturday on Killington's aptly named Superstar trail.
Rebensburg won her second straight World Cup giant slalom by edging Shiffrin, the overall points leader who was skiing in the state where she attended school. The German finished two runs on Killington's Superstar trail in 1 minute, 57.63 seconds, with Shiffrin 0.67 back. Manuela Moelgg of Italy held on for third, 1.49 seconds off the lead.
The race took place before about 18,000 fans — organizers believe it the largest crowd for a women's World Cup race.
Next up: Lake Louise, Canada.
LEVI, Finland (Nov. 11, 2017)
"Language lesson of the day: In Finnish, hei=hey and hei hei=bye. I’ve been walking into stores and saying “bye” instead of “hi” all day." – Lyndsay Young
Ski racing north of the Arctic Circle. (Photo: Lyndsay Young)
Mikaela Shiffrin grabbed her 33rd FIS Ski World Cup slalom podium, and moved into the overall World Cup lead after finishing second by just 0.10, in the season-opening slalom.
Next up: Killington, Vt.
SOELDEN, Austria (Oct. 28, 2017)
It's late fall in the Austrian state of Tyrol, but there's snow higher up. (Photo: Lyndsay Young)
(Video: FIS Alpine)
Mikaela Shiffrin opened the Olympic season with a rare costly mistake, getting bounced off her line and finishing fifth in an icy giant slalom in Solden.
Next up: Levi, Finland.