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Shiffrin’s ‘best pump-up song ever’

Mikaela Shiffrin joined The Westin Riverfront & Spa in Avon on June 2 for a community question-and-answer event. Among the questions asked were about her traditions, which include music.
Matt Munson | Special to the Weekly |

For Olympic gold medalist and Eagle-Vail resident Mikaela Shiffrin, the ski season can be a whirlwind.

There’s the logistics of traveling, different languages to learn and places to navigate on top of the training and ski racing. Add in some sponsorship responsibilities without taking away nap time, and Shiffrin is a very busy woman.

“Luckily I have my coaches and my mom around. My job is to basically be ready to go when I’m in the start gate,” Shiffrin said at a community Q-and-A at The Westin Riverfront Resort & Spa in Avon on June 2. “That’s the part that’s always consistent, so that’s the part that always makes me comfortable. It doesn’t matter what these places look like as long as there’s a start and finish with some blue line in between.”


So when it’s time to finally do what she does — race, really fast — what does Shiffrin put in her headphones to get in the zone?

She has multiple playlists, but the song that gets her locked in is “Remember the Name” by Fort Minor — a side project of Linkin Park’s co-lead vocalist Mike Shinoda.

“Best pump-up song ever,” she said, building up energy while talking about it. “There’s an explicit version and there’s a non-explicit version. I’m sort of embarrassed to say I listen to the non-explicit version.”

So there you have it, the three-time World Cup slalom champion listens to an edited version of “Remember the Name” before flying down the course.

Also on her pump-up playlist is Ellie Goulding and Taylor Swift, along with some rap.


For Shiffrin, music plays a large role in her life. From getting her mind right to being silly in front of a mirror, she is happy to lose herself in the music. Shiffrin even practices the piano, guitar and keyboard.

“One tradition that I have is music,” she said. “I love music, every single kind. I like to play, but I’m not very good. I love to listen to music, and I think it’s a great form of expression.”

Delving deeper into Shiffrin’s playlists reveals her diverse appreciation for music.

“I have a pre-race playlist that is sort of calm,” she said about her music choices early on a race day. “One of my favorite pianists is Ludovico Einaudi, and I have 10 of his songs on there. I have just sort of classical, calm, almost spa-like music. And that’s what I listen to for most of the day before the race.”

While Shiffrin said being the best at something is painful and frustrating “80 to 90 percent” of the time, Fort Minor says there’s a “100 percent reason to remember the name.”

Entertainment and Outdoors Editor Ross Leonhart can be reached at 970-748-2984 and Follow him on Instagram at colorado_livin_on_the_hill.

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