Mikaela Shiffrin wows the crowd on ‘Wait Wait’
July 11, 2014
MORRISON — Olympic gold medalist Mikaela Shiffrin may have fame and adoration, but she likely hasn't had more fun being interviewed than she did this week on "Wait Wait … Don't Tell Me," the NPR weekly news quiz.
"Wait Wait" brought its show to the Red Rocks Amphitheater this week where the crowd tried to figure out what was real news and what's made up. The show airs at 10 a.m. today and 9 a.m. Sunday on 90.9 FM Vail and 99.7 FM Eagle.
Host Peter Sagal put it this way.
"'Wait Wait' is at Colorado's Red Rocks Amphitheater this week, and so we've invited Colorado native Mikaela Shiffrin to play 'Not My Job.' Shiffrin grew up in Vail, and at the Sochi Olympics in 2014, she became the youngest person ever to win an Olympic gold medal in slalom," Sagal said.
After chatting with Sagal and the panel — Brian Babylon, Paula Poundstone and Tom Bodett — Shiffrin took a three-question test on something related to skiing only because it involves topography.
'IT'S THE CHEESE! AFTER IT!'
"We've invited Shiffrin to play a game called 'It's the cheese! After it!'" Sagal said. "If you think downhill ski racing is dangerous, then you've never seen the Gloucestershire Cheese Rolling Races. For centuries, competitors have hurled their bodies down a frighteningly steep hill, chasing a wheel of cheese. Sure, one year 33 people had to go to the hospital with injuries, but the winner gets to keep the wheel of cheese. Beats a medal, right?"
No word yet on whether Shiffrin answered two of the three questions correctly.
"Wait Wait … Don't Tell Me!" is NPR's weekly hour-long quiz program. Each week on the radio you can test your knowledge against some of the best and brightest in the news and entertainment world while figuring out what's real news and what's not.
Staff Writer Randy Wyrick can be reached at 970-748-2935 and firstname.lastname@example.org.