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Andrew Weibrecht

Alpine skiing: Mikaela Shiffrin set up as U.S. star

Alpine skiing: Mikaela Shiffrin set up as U.S. star

If Mikaela Shiffrin continues to race as well as she has been, she is setting herself up to be the biggest star of the Pyeongchang Olympics. Not just of Alpine skiing, but the entire Winter Games.

To put it simply: She is about as close to unbeatable as can be right now.

Shiffrin, a 22-year-old American, won the first five women’s World Cup races she entered in 2018, competing against the best the world has to offer and outclassing them time and again. And Shiffrin is not merely winning — she is overwhelming opponents, sometimes collecting victories by more than 1.5 seconds, a large margin in a sport often decided by hundredths.

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