17, and a world champion

17, and a world champion

Mikaela Shiffrin is the youngest to accomplish that feat in 39 years
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So, how does it feel to be a world champion at the age of 17? “I keep saying it; I keep thinking it. It doesn’t make sense. It’s just me,” American slalom specialist Mikaela Shiffrin said after winning her signature event at the World Championships on Saturday in Schladming, Austria.
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It took a run for Mikaela Shiffrin to get her legs underneath her during Saturday’s slalom at the World Championships in Schladming, Austria. “I just tried to find my legs. They popped up out of nowhere,” she said. “I was in the starting gate, and I was like, ‘Oh, there they are; I can go now!’”
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At the age of 17 years, 340 days, Colorado teenager Mikaela Shiffrin beat all of her more experienced rivals to earn the U.S. team its fourth gold and fifth medal overall at the World Championships, more than any other nation.
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