EAGLE-VAIL — Mikaela Shiffrin’s home town, the small community of Eagle-Vail, is gathering to watch the U.S. Olympic athlete race in the alpine slalom on Friday at Route 6 Cafe from 6 to 8:30 p.m. The 18-year-old skiing sensation has made international headlines in this season’s World Cup races and has taken center stage in the world of sports media.
“We just want Mikaela to know that everyone at home supports her 100 percent”, said Jeff Layman, Eagle-Vail community manager. “It’s not about whether she wins a medal — but we do hope she takes gold home!”
Born to Eileen and Jeff Shiffrin of Eagle-Vail, in 1995, the young Olympian drew attention at the age of three skiing down her driveway. She quickly grew to love the nearby ski slopes of Vail and transitioned from free skiing to racing.
The recent Burke Mountain Academy grad made waves with a couple of NorAm and a Junior Worlds wins, which then prompted U.S. Ski Team coaches to give her a call. She ran her first World Cup gates three years ago at the ripe old age of 16.
She current holds the World Cup Champion and World Championship titles as she heads into the Sochi Olympic Games and is a favorite to win gold.
‘EXCITED TO WATCH ONE OF OUR OWN’
“Skiing and ski racing are at the heart of this community, and to have an Olympian come from here is such treat,” said former U.S. Ski Team member Mike Brown, also an Eagle-Vail resident. “Everyone in Eagle-Vail wants to support her and is excited to watch one of our own race at the Sochi Olympics.”
Join the community of Eagle-Vail as it cheers on its hometown hero. Route 6 Cafe has generously agreed to provide appetizers, and the community of Eagle-Vail will provide a keg of beer.