Mikaela Shiffrin of the U.S. skis to the second best time in the first run in the women's World Cup Giant Slalom ski race in Beaver Creek

Mikaela Shiffrin skis to the second best time in the first run in the women's World Cup Giant Slalom ski race in Beaver Creek, Colorado. (Rick Wilking/Reuters Photo) (RICK WILKING / REUTERS / January 20, 2014)

When: Feb. 21.

Best of the U.S.: Mikaela Shiffrin, Resi Stiegler.

Best of the rest: Frida Hansdotter (Sweden), Marlies Schild (Austria).

U.S. chances to medal: You'd bet the ski chalet if slalom didn't have all those gates to trip up a skier. Shiffrin, only 18, is the ski team's next superstar. She is already the defending world champion and World Cup event champion in slalom.

Little-known fact: U.S. ski team veteran Resi Stiegler, who missed the 2010 Games because of injury, is the daughter of Austrian legend Josef “Pepi” Stiegler. He won slalom gold at the 1964 Innsbruck Games, defeating Americans Billy Kidd and Jimmy Huega.