It was pretty impressive when Mikaela Shiffrin, all of 17-years-old, pulled off her first career World Cup victory just before Christmas. But now that the teen has two titles, it’s time to start taking her seriously.
Mikaela scored her second victory over the weekend in Croatia, holding off World Cup points leader Tina Maze to win the Night Slalom by 1.19 seconds.
“I was really comfortable knowing that my skis felt great,” Mikaela told the Times. “I had a lot of energy and was ready to rip it and ski as fast as I could. It’s so fun when you can get in the zone and you feel your feet come under you and nothing can stop you.”
Maze, who holds a 452-point season lead despite not finishing her second run in Croatia, was struck d by how the teen “just keeps rocking and rolling.”
“She’s a good girl, and she’s skiing fast. It’s really impressive how consistent she is at her age.”
Mikaela’s victory puts her in the lead in the World Cup slalom points this season, and brings her to sixth overall for the year, scraping ahead of Lindsey Vonn, who has been sidelined recently with an illness.
Bob Costas reported from Rio de Janeiro for NBC News on Wednesday, 100 days out from the Opening Ceremony.
In the clip below, Michael Phelps, Simone Biles and even Brazil soccer legend Pelé comment on preparing for the first Games in South America.
Costas finished the clip with a stand-up from Copacabana Beach, where beach volleyball will take place in August.
VIDEO: Bob Costas picks biggest storyline of Rio Olympics
NBC Olympics will partner with Snapchat for daily “Live Stories” and an NBC Rio Olympic Discover channel (co-produced with Buzzfeed) during the U.S. Olympic Trials and the Rio Games.
The Live Stories allows Snapchatters attending select U.S. Olympic Trials events and the Rio Games to contribute photo and video Snaps to the Snapchat-curated story.
The Live Stories will include behind-the-scenes and fan moments, and Snapchat will feature NBC’s Rio Olympic brand marks, logos and more.
The Discover channel will be live from Aug. 4 (one day before the Opening Ceremony) through Aug. 22 (one day after the Closing Ceremony).
From NBC Sports Group:
Buzzfeed will leverage NBC’s access to athletes, as well as clips and shots from inside and outside Rio Olympic venues, to bring Snapchatters a fresh, mobile-first look at the Games.
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