Mikaela Shiffrin

Mikaela Shiffrin

Mikaela Shiffrin, Olympic alpine skier. 

"I definitely have moments of doubt, and my best coping strategy is to rely on the training I've had prior to those races, because I have moments of doubt almost every single race. If I've had bad conditions for training, then those doubts start to become, 'Oh, this is a legit fear that I have about this race.' That makes it much more difficult to overcome, because I don't feel totally prepared to deal with it if something goes wrong."

"I think any ski racer will tell you that's a huge part of where the passion comes from, the uncertainty every time you get in the starting gate. Anything can happen, but also feeling like you have control over that. I think a lot of people have an urge to want to control things that seem uncontrollable, and that to me is what ski racing is. There's a lot of theatrics and chaos, and I do love that."

"Turning something that looks like a disastrous fall into a turn, those are moments in our sport that I find inspiring. It’s just natural athleticism at that point. It's how much time you spent in the gym, how strong you are, how fast you can think on your feet. Because when you're going 75 miles an hour and you hit a bump, one person might fall, but you're able to stay on the course. It's a huge testament to how much the athlete has worked outside of the race, when no one's looking."

via Bleacher Report, photo via Business Insider

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