Promoted
olympics

18-Year-Old American Mikaela Shiffrin Becomes Youngest-Ever Gold Medal Winner In Women’s Slalom

Shiffrin-sanity!

1. After stopping hearts across the country by appearing to briefly lose her balance during her second run, 18-year-old Colorado native Mikaela Shiffrin won the women’s slalom in Sochi today.

NBC

2. Shiffrin held the lead after the day’s first run, which meant she was the last contender to ski in the second round. During which her left leg flew up JUST enough on a turn to scare the crap out of everyone watching.

3. But Shiffrin recovered — and won gold by a half-second.

Alexander Hassenstein / Getty

4. It’s her first medal, and given that she’s now the youngest women’s slalom winner in Olympic history, hopefully the first of many.

Olivier Morin / Getty

5. Here’s a cool thing about the Olympics: In that half-second that she corrected course after losing her balance, Shiffrin changed her life. This morning Mikaela Shiffrin was a well-known skier. Tonight she’s a star. Not a bad day, all told.

Doug Pensinger / Getty

Check out more articles on BuzzFeed.com!

 
 

    Contributions

    Here Are The Top Stories
    • Tunisia's president declared a state of emergency a week after a deadly terror attack on a beach hotel.
    • Some 150 migrants stranded in the French city of Calais stormed the Channel Tunnel in an attempt to make it to British territory.
    • One person was killed and two others were seriously injured Friday when an air medical transport helicopter crashed in Colorado.
    Get The News App

    Now Buzzing