Mikaela Shiffrin burst onto the scene at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, winning gold in the slalom event at just 18 years old to become the youngest slalom champion in Olympic alpine skiing history.
Since then, she has dominated the the slopes and is a four-time winner of the World Cup in slalom and the reigning Overall World Champion.
She is the daughter of Jeff and Eileen Shiffrin, two former ski racers.
Now as one of the favorites to secure a gold medal for Team USA, Shiffrin is as confident as ever.
“I think that the biggest difference for me coming back to these Games as a medalist is just sort of that I know what that entails — how much goes along with that and how much my life did change, how much everything picked up after Sochi,” Shiffrin said, via People.com.
“So I can expect the same thing to happen if I am able to win more medals, but at the same time I feel like the same person. I’m still going into these Games feeling star-struck by all of my competitors and I’m the same type of person to just keep my head down and just go do my race, do my thing and then see what happens.”
Shiffrin has been the top-ranked woman in the world for the past two seasons and once again looks poised to reach the top of the podium in the Winter Games.
The 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea take place from Feb. 9 – Feb. 25.
The full U.S. ski team for the 2018 Winter Olympics can be seen below: