Mikaela Shiffrin is making her Winter Olympics debut tonight. The 22-year-old American is competing in the giant slalom.
Prior to these Winter Olympics, Shiffrin was drawing comparisons to Michael Phelps. Like Phelps, Shiffrin was set to compete in a crazy amount of events.
“You’re crazy. OK. He has, what, 23 medals?” she said Saturday. “And I know it’s a comparison between sports and I don’t think there’s a sport in the Winter Olympics where you can win 23 medals across three or four Olympics.
“I could never imagine myself even in the same sentence as Michael Phelps. It’s extremely flattering, but I don’t see it – it’s apples and oranges.”
Well said. Still, she’s worthy of heavy praise like Phelps was.
Shiffrin, 22, could be competing in all five alpine skiing events at these Olympics. She could be competing in the downhill, slalom, giant slalom, super-G and combined events.
That’s why she’s being compared to Phelps, who’s ridiculous schedule at the Summer Games was always a topic of heavy conversation. Shiffrin, though, isn’t yet sure if she’ll be doing all five. Weather delays might cause her schedule to change.
“I would like to compete in everything but I’m not sure if I’m going to have the energy to do that,” she said. “Right now I’m focusing on GS [giant slalom] and slalom and after that I’ll be switching the focus to speed [events].”
“The decision ends up being with the coaches as to who’s the best medal contender but I always have the option to pull myself out of races if I don’t feel prepared. Right now we’re looking at any possibility, actually,” she said.
Shiffrin is currently competing in the giant slalom. It’s being televised on NBC.