On particularly stressful occasions, Mikaela Shiffrin may feel anxiety increasing her moments before her career. His throat tightens, and his eyes moisten. His suit feels too tight, and his stomach churns.
As a teenager, the two-time World Cup champion in general never experienced this level of nervousness before a race.
Lately, that pressure has sometimes enveloped her.
The first time it happened was two years ago at an event and she thought it was just the flu. The feeling has surpassed her in several other races, including the Olympic slalom in the Pyeongchang Games last February when she finished in fourth.
This season, you're trying something new after talking to a friend who doubles as a sports psychologist: turn off expectations, enjoy the trip.
"If I'm thinking about whatever it is that everyone expects, it ruins it and that's nonsense," said the three-time Olympic medalist in a telephone interview before the opening of the World Cup season. on October 27 in Soelden, Austria. "It took me a minute to appreciate where I really am in the sport."
The 23-year-old from Avon, Colorado, is coming off a season in which she won 12 races in her second consecutive race. general title She won two medals in South Korea, including gold in the giant slalom and silver during the combined.
Recently, he met the renowned tennis player Roger Federer.
Now that was stressful.
"I was sweaty and my hands were sticky," he laughed. "It is so cool".
For the next season, he is assuming another role: leader.
In recent years, he has not spent much time with the downhill team as he also had to fit into the slalom and giant slalom training. But recently he attended a speed camp with the US squad in Chile, joined Laurenne Ross, Alice Merryweather and, for a brief time, Lindsey Vonn, who begins this season to five victories to break the record of Ingemar Stenmark with a skiing of the World Cup.