Alpine skiing: Shiffrin has all the answers - written down

Sat Feb 15, 2014 9:31am EST
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By Alan Baldwin

ROSA KHUTOR, Russia (Reuters) - Mikaela Shiffrin is 18-years-old and at her first Winter Olympics but the big U.S. slalom hope says it feels like her 1,000th Games already.

Speaking to reporters less than a day after flying in to Sochi, Alpine skiing's slalom world champion said she had gone through every possible scenario in her mind and was as prepared as she could be.

"I am really psyched to race and I have been here before in my head," she said. "For everybody, it's my first Olympics but for me it's my 1,000th."

Shiffrin has been to Sochi before, spending a week training on the slalom hill last year, and also has experience of big events after her breakthrough at last year's world championships.

Her mental approach to the Games has been meticulous.

She explained how she had written down in her notebook all the questions she had been asked, or felt she might face so nothing would faze or unsettle her on the biggest stage of all.

She has, of-course, written down all the answers.

"In the past few weeks I've visualized myself here talking to you all, on the top step of the podium and on the third step. Wherever it might be. I've envisioned myself crashing because I know what mistake I made, in my head, to crash," she said.   Continued...

Mikaela Shiffrin of the U.S. competes during the first run of women's FIS Alpine Skiing World Cup slalom race in Kranjska Gora February 2, 2014. REUTERS/Srdjan Zivulovic