Mikaela Shiffrin met Roger Federer last year in September in Chicago during the Laver Cup, as part of the Barilla brand promotion. Shiffrin appreciated a lot the time she spent with the 20-time Grand Slam winner.
"I started working with a sports physichologist after the Olympics, a friend of my family. He showed me how to clean up my mind and how to focus on the things I can control. All the noise disappears and only me and the mountain are there.
I felt well since then. I started balancing everything: my humour, my training and competition schedule, arrangements with media and endorsmements, social media. I can handle it better, I am more balanced and I feel less stressed and pressure.
I was allowed to meet Roger Federer in summer. He told me I need to take my time to celebrate achievements and enjoy my moments with my family and friends. I took this suggestion to my heart", said Shiffrin in an interview to Sport Buzzer.
There were a lot of amazing skiers in the past. But no one was as younger as Shiffrin when they achieved their 50th win. What can stop her? "Myself! When I think about ski, I think about myself and the mountain. I do not think about beating someone else.
I focus on my best ski. I am very happy to have been barely injured so far. This is not luck, but hard work in the gym to be fit for many races." For Shiffrin, becoming a professional skier was a childhood dream: "I love skiing.
As a little girl I was dreaming to be the best. At some point I understood what it meant, and I found my role model in Bode Miller because she was able to win in all the races. I wanted to be like this as well. It was not about winning, but knowing that I could the best skier on that day."