Mikaela Shiffrin carried thoughts of Emma Lundell as she ascended to win World Cup, World Championships and Olympic titles.
Shiffrin, who met the Swedish girl with leukemia two years ago, recently received a video update from Emma thanks to Swedish outlet SPORT-Expressen.
Emma, inspired by Shiffrin to fight to beat cancer, said she’s not on chemotherapy anymore, got her blond hair back and started practicing cross-country skiing again.
“I wonder about her a lot, actually,” Shiffrin said. “I don’t know why I’m crying. I don’t really even know her.”
Here’s their history together, beginning with a meeting after Shiffrin’s first World Cup victory Dec. 20, 2012. Emma said to Shiffrin, I have cancer, may I have a picture.
Shiffrin went back to Are, Sweden, and won a World Cup slalom there March 8, less than a month after winning Olympic slalom gold.
“I just keep thinking about [Emma],” Shiffrin said in her press conference. “She was a little lucky charm for me. … It put everything in perspective. Since then, I’ve carried that same motto that I can win, whatever, Olympics, it is all great, but it could be a lot worse, so I have to be grateful for everything that I have.”