He has had an extremely difficult period. After the tragic death of his father came the coronavirus and subsequently back pain. American skier Mikaela Shiffrin did not ski in the competition for ten months. She entered last season without quality summer training and was not in a 100% condition. But this time everything will be different.
Shiffrin has completed a full-fledged summer training and herself looks much more relaxed and in a better mood than a few months ago. A new relationship and her boyfriend, also professional skier Nór Aleksander Aamodt Kilde, also helped her mental well-being. Together, they participated in the media day of their sponsor and ski manufacturer Atomic, where they answered questions for almost half an hour.
They both decided not to keep their relationship a secret. “We talked about how we would communicate about it. We found out that we have nothing to hide and it’s better to go out with it. The questions would come anyway. It’s easier to control when you know what you can say and you’re open about it. It’s normal for us to talk about being natural in that. ” said about their relationship Calm.
“During the season, our trips will often be different anyway. If we get a question, we will answer it. It’s like any other part of our sport. We still receive questions about personal life. It won’t be hard, we get along well, “ added an laughing American woman.
The two also spent much of the summer together and preparing for the new season. “It was a really nice summer, he was with me in Colorado several times, we trained together. He’s strong, who would say that, isn’t he?
We also practiced together, it’s super motivating for me. It always goes at full throttle and is fully concentrated. It will always help you when you have someone like that with you. I was used to training on my own, it was really great. “
Alexander Kilde also praised the new relationship. What else are the benefits of being both professional skiers? “Sharing experiences, doing the same things, we have the same lifestyle. It’s also about the little things we have to decide. We can talk about it together. It’s really cool and motivating to have someone like that. “
I can improve a million things
In the positive conversation, from which the good energy and mood of both participants came, the moderator continued with questions to Mikael Shiffrin. What is his training in skiing?
“Over the summer, I felt like I was running out of lost time in the snow, skiing miles. We had a preparatory camp in Squaw Valley and then we wanted to go to South America, but we couldn’t travel because of the measures. So we went to Saas-Fee in Switzerland. I spent a fairly normal time skiing, compared to other years. “
Nevertheless, she is not completely satisfied. “In everything I do myself, I am more demanding and more detailed. I feel like I can still improve a million things, especially after last season. Arc timing, passing through gates, speed, stability… I felt that everything could be at a higher level, but during the season I did not have time to improve it. As soon as the last races are over, I said to myself, let’s get to it. “
However, it is not always just extremely demanding and dissatisfied with itself. “Sometimes it’s good to take a step back and say, okay, my level is pretty good. But that won’t make you even better if you say you’re pretty good at it and you won’t do anything more. “
Last year’s World Cup focused only on technical disciplines, in the new season she wants to return to speed. “Last season was like a comeback for me. I had had enough just concentrating on slalom and giant slalom. My entire career will be a technical discipline priority for me, but I love Speed and Lake Louise.
It’s in my plans now, and I don’t think it’s going to change. But I’m not going to all the speed events, it’s not even possible. ” Shiffrin also commented towards the downhill and super-G, which will take place this year in Lake Lousie, Canada.
GREAT GLOBUS? Uf…
Returning to speed disciplines, the question logically arises as to whether one is also looking at gaining a big globe. “When I first saw that I had a chance to win the overall standings, I thought it was something I could really go for. It’s still somewhere in my head, but it’s not the primary goal.
I concentrate the most and my decisions in technical disciplines, whether I can go slalom and huge slalom at my top level, influence my decisions the most. If that’s not the case, I’d rather leave the speed disciplines, or maybe say that a big globe is not something I want to go after. It is always paramount for me to ski well. “
So what are her ambitions before the new season? Will they attack the overall championship? “Ugh. Of course, I long for that. But it’s hard to predict how I’ll be doing. We will see that in the polka, maybe until the end of the season. It may be your ambition, but until you have had a few races, it will still be your ambition.
Everyone would say they would like to win a big globe. But you must first see how you are doing and what your performance is. I do not rule out anything, but I do not anticipate anything, especially after last season. It will be challenging, the competition is great.
I feel like I’ve been catching up over the summer. I’ve made a lot of progress, but something is still missing. I will work on it in the coming days. I have fewer excuses this year than last season. “
The season begins on October 23 with a huge slalom in Sölden. Do you feel ready for the opening race? “I never feel ready for almost anything. I don’t feel ready for Sölden. Everything must be perfect. But I don’t know… Maybe there are some skiers who say they are ready and it’s time to go compete. I’m more like that, no, I don’t want to yet, I’m not ready. But then comes the first event and you have no choice. We will see.”
One of the questions also focused on slalom. In the last season, she overtook herself mainly with Petra Vlhová, but last year Katharina Liensbergerová also took off. “I look forward to it. It will be a good fight. It was annoying last season, both girls are at a high level, but also Michelle Gisin and Wendy Holdener. There are a few women who are really strong. I don’t expect it to change, if I expect something, it will be even harder. I’ll put everything into it and see what happens. ” added a laughing and well-tuned American skier.
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