Stifel U.S. Alpine Ski Team athlete and two-time Olympic champion Mikaela Shiffrin, the winningest alpine skier of all time, was named to TIME’s 100 Most Influential list in the ‘Pioneer’ category.
This prestigious list of individuals recognizes those who have made a significant impact and inspired others around the world through their craft. The recognition reflects Shiffrin’s hard work, dedication and achievements in the sport of alpine skiing and highlights her impact beyond skiing. Other notable people in this year’s Time 100 list include President Joe Biden, soccer star Lionel Messi, Beyoncé, tennis player and friend of Mikaela Shiffrin Iga Swiatek, King Charles and many more.
This season, Shiffrin became the most decorated alpine skier of all time, surpassing the women’s record of 82 wins held by former teammate Lindsey Vonn before passing Swedish skier Ingemar Stenmark’s record of 86 World Cup victories, a record set 34 years ago.
At the end of her remarkable season, Shiffrin now has 88 World Cup victories, 17 global medals including Olympic Games and World Championships medals, 15 crystal globes through 13 seasons, 53 World Cup slalom wins, 21 giant slalom wins and 138 career podiums. Shiffrin also won her fifth overall FIS crystal globe in the 2022-23 season, as well as her second giant slalom globe and seventh slalom globe – marking her as the most dominant woman alpine skier on the World Cup.
“I can’t even put into words what an honor it is to be a part of TIME’s list of 100 Most Influential People,” Shiffrin said in a personal Instagram post. “But I’d be remiss to not acknowledge everyone around me who has made this possible. This sport takes us across the world, competing in many different time zones with a lot of gear as we chase snow and deal with the ever-changing variables of weather, travel, winter conditions and beyond…my support team is the only way I’d be able to do this at all, let alone getting to the top step of the World Cup podium 88 times. These achievements really would never have been possible without my family, team, sponsors, and all of the fans of the sport of alpine ski racing. So, this honor is as much yours as it is my own…and I’ll celebrate you all.”
“We are thrilled for Mikaela being named to TIME 100’s most influential list,” said Sophie Goldschmidt President and CEO of U.S. Ski & Snowboard. “She may be widely known for her impressive athletic achievements, but she is also known for being an exceptional teammate and person. She is supportive and encouraging to others and has also helped to create a culture of hard work, dedication and excellence. This accomplishment is very well-deserved and we are so proud of her!”
Read more from TIME, written by former teammate Lindsey Vonn.
Header image: Mikaela Shiffrin at the 2023 FIS Alpine Ski World Championships. Credit: Getty Images – Tom Pennington