Success—in any arena—often demands a delicate dance between fearlessness, finesse, and dedication. Mikaela Shiffrin, a true luminary in alpine skiing, has mastered this equilibrium like no other. With an astounding 88 World Cup wins to her name, Mikaela stands as the greatest alpine skier in history. Period.
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She’s a two-time Olympic Champion, seven-time World Champion, and five-time Overall World Cup champion. But Mikaela’s influence extends far beyond the slopes. In 2023, Time Magazine recognized her as one of the 100 most influential people in the world, and the ESPY Awards named her the Best Athlete in Women’s Sports. And she’s done all of this before the age of 29.
Clearly, Mikaela has talent. Confidence. Discipline. But what sets her apart, as you’ll hear, is her commitment and honesty to work from the inside out. She’s developed incredible abilities to tune out toxic mental noise, perform at the knife’s edge, and bounce forward when it gets hard. More than anything, her success comes from her unflappable courage in the face of challenge—or as she says, “the confidence to try”—and try again and again, even if things don’t work out.
Off the mountain, and in this conversation, Mikaela is equally impressive. We delve into Mikaela’s remarkable journey, from her early days on the slopes to her unparalleled achievements in alpine skiing. She shares insights into handling external pressures, maintaining a process-oriented mindset, and embracing an honest approach to self-coaching. Join us as we explore the mindset of a true champion and learn from Mikaela’s clarity, intensity, and passion for the sport she loves.