US teenager Shiffrin ready for ski worlds debut

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U.S. ski racer Mikaela Shiffrin arrives to attend a press conference at the Alpine skiing world championships in Schladming, Austria, Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2013. The U.S. Ski Team\'s success at the world championships is not being well received by the host Austrians. Led by Ted Ligety\'s two golds, plus a bronze from Julia Mancuso, the Americans top the medals table after seven of 11 events, which is all the more impressive considering that Lindsey Vonn had a season-ending crash in the opening event and Bode Miller is taking this season off to recover from left knee surgery. (AP Photo/Luca Bruno)

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SCHLADMING, Austria (AP) — Not every 17-year-old walks into her first world championships with medal expectations and a roomful of media.

For Mikaela Shiffrin, it's another challenge this season she's handling like an old pro ahead of the giant slalom in Austria on Thursday.

The American high school student has won three World Cup slaloms to match a season record set by Austrian great Annemarie Moser-Proell.

When Shiffrin won last month, she was exactly the same age — 17 years, 308 days — as Moser-Proell was when she earned her third career victory in 1971. Moser-Proell holds the record of 62 World Cup wins.

So not just American media ask Shiffrin how she's handling it all, but also Austrian, Swiss and German reporters.

Shiffrin responds by saying "pressure is just a frame of mind."

 
 
 

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