Teenager Mikaela Shiffrin shining on the slopes
Although Shiffrin primarily concentrates on the technical events, someday down the road she'd like to try the downhill and super-G. But that’s a conversation for a different time, once she gets her technique mastered.
‘‘My main goal right now is to really dial in my slalom and giant slalom,’’ she said. ‘‘Under the pressure of racing, I need to bring out my best skiing. But I'm itching to go fast. I love speed.’’
She’s not alone. The U.S. squad is experiencing quite a renaissance this season, with Leanne Smith, Stacey Cook and Marco Sullivan all earning podium spots, while veteran Steven Nyman won his first downhill race since 2006.
That certainly inspired Shiffrin.
‘‘The U.S. Ski Team is on fire right now,’’ Shiffrin said. ‘‘They kind of stoked the fire, really started the fire, and I'm trying to keep it lit right now.’’