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

Shiffrin-sanity!

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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.

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.

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.