A 17-year-old girl, Mikaela Shiffrin, could be America's next big star when the 2014 Winter Olympics are held in Sochi, Russia.
Shiffrin, who attends Burke Mountain Academy in East Burke, Vermont when she isn't competing in Europe, rallied to edge local favorite Michaela Kirchgasser before a crowd of 30,000 to win the slalom title during the FIS Alpine World Ski Championships in Schladming, Austria.
She is the third-youngest woman in history to win gold in the event and the youngest since 1985. She also is the eighth-youngest women's world champion ever in all disciplines. She now has three wins in seven slalom races on the World Cup Tour this season, with no one else owning more than one.
The talented teenager was earmarked for stardom in the sport, having been born in Vail, Colo., to parents who both were ski racers.
Shiffrin told the Associated Press, "Doing what I did on the hill today, especially in the second run, just skiing is like dancing or flying. There's so many ways that I can describe it. But it just is and it works for me."