AVON — The Westin Riverfront Resort & Spa has announced that Olympic gold medalist Mikaela Shiffrin is now serving as property’s “Resident Gold Medalist.”
Shiffrin, 19, who was born and raised in the Vail Valley, won her first Olympic slalom gold medal earlier this year in Sochi, Russia, and has nine career World Cup slalom wins. She will now train at the athletic club at The Westin, hold a series of exclusive events for club members and share her racing experiences with resort guests.
“We are very excited to have Mikaela prepare for the upcoming race season in our state-of-the-art facility and to have her share training tips with our athletic club members and guests,” said Jeffery Burrell, The Westin’s general manager. “The timing of this new relationship is fantastic, with the international spotlight shining even brighter on the Vail Valley this February with the 2015 FIS Alpine World Ski Championships.”
To prepare to have Shiffrin training on-site, the Athletic Club has created a new “Mikaela’s Corner” of the gym that features new equipment, including a half-rack with Olympic Platform and a Fitness Duo slackline. The club has also expanded its XFit Personal Training room, with new sandbags, kettlebells, obstacles and ropes.
The Westin Riverfront — which recently completed more than $4 million in resort upgrades — is inviting guests to try out the Beaver Creek race courses before and after the February races, with ski season rates starting at $319 per night.