Olympic skier Mikaela Shiffrin on why she won’t be objectified
She had reservations about meeting her idol Roger Federer, but skiing superstar Mikaela Shiffrin says the Swiss tennis great was “better than I could have ever dreamed.”
American Shiffrin and 20-time grand slam champion Federer share a sponsor — a pasta company — and met for the first time last month.
Two-time Olympic champion Shiffrin revealed she is often “disappointed” when public figures fail to live up to expectation in person but says Federer was “the complete opposite.” She was so impressed she even suggested a new hashtag “#BeLikeRoger.”
“Maybe I got him on a good day, but he was kind, he was engaged with every single person that he spoke to,” the 23-year-old skier told CNN’s Alpine Edge.
“He was happy and smiley and easy to talk to. He put the effort in to make it easy. It was so cool for me to see that it’s possible to be an athlete of his caliber and to be more elegant and more generous and nicer than what you expect.
“To see that he can still maintain this mature and modest attitude, I’m like, ‘What is everybody else doing?'”
Shiffrin will kick off her bid for a third straight World Cup overall crown in Soelden, Austria this weekend, while she is also chasing a fourth straight slalom world title at the World Championships in Are, Sweden in February.
With Lindsey Vonn in the twilight of her career and set to retire at the end of the season, Shiffrin is the modern face of women’s ski racing.