US star skier Mikaela Shiffrin's quest for a World Cup title

The 22-year-old Vail, Colorado, native and alpine ski racer is hoping to clinch the World Cup overall title.
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Test message ??? Olympic skier Mikaela shiffrin makes speeding down the slalom run look so easy because she's done it almost every day since she was 5. Gloria Riviera traveled to vale, Colorado to learn what it takes to be a world champion. Mikaela shiffrin seemingly skimming the surface of the snow at warp speed embodies steady grace was raw power. A charging silhouette against a backdrop of serenity. The 22-year-old vale, Colorado native competing at the world cup finals in aspen this week with enough points from previous races to win the overall title. The youngest champion since 2003. What everybody says, you kind of locked in the overall, I'm thinking no, I haven't. Do not say that. Have I not yet and I need to like, we've got a few morayses this season and I have to keep my nose to the grindstone. Reporter: The drive propels her to grinds stone. Look at the lead. Reporter: Winning her first world cup title her rookie season, she now holds three. People look at you and think how does she do it. What's your answer. It's not that different from what I did when I was 5 years old. I've always had the same mentality. It's something my parents taught me. Hard work pays off. And if you're going to do something, do it well. Reporter: She has. Racing into skiing history's books when at 18, she became the youngest athlete ever male or female to win public gold in slalom ski racing. Now one of the sport's most famous faces endorsed by companies like red bull, longines, and barilla I love it because it has everything together. Reporter: She was training this week for competition. Average day during the season, I'll ski for probably five hours and sometime in the afternoon around 3:00 or 4:00, I'll do somewhere between an hour and an hour and a half of core or agility or mobility or recovery walk or strength sessions. Reporter: You've coped men. Now you're coaching women. What is different about Mikaela? Well, her drive. I mean, she outworks everyone. I've worked with athletes that eight, ten years older and don't have near the drive she has. Reporter: Eileen, her mom who first put skis on her daughter for fun traveling with her now full-time just about every training session, every race. She was the one who was willing to give up anything that she might want to do with her life to just come with me and coach me. Reporter: Is she mama bear out there. If I'm feeling I'm pushing my limits too far, she knows that line. Like to a T. Her mom is the person that developed her from scratch. And ultimately she's the one that has produced this amazing product. Reporter: Mikaela is the youngest of two, born to ski, built to race. She made her first podium at just 16. Pushing her career into hyper speed. It took you eight races to get on the podium and it took Lindsey vonn 44. Well -- Is there a rivalry there? I'd call it mutual respect. I have grown up idolizing linsey. She's never made no bones about telling people that she works the hardest and that's why she's been the best. And I always really listen to that. Something that struck home with me. Reporter: It is daybreak in aspen, 12 degrees and icy. Mikaela is gearing up inside signing a few autographs but outside winds battering the mountain. They test out the slopes but the conditions are too treacherous. For now, just a week before the competition, a critical training day is postponed. It makes it difficult to train because the wind blows the Gates over and you can't see the surface. Reporter: Early next morning we're there as she finishes training. Her team taking advantage of every moment to fine tune and practice. We are just down at the lift getting on the chair and several people know she's here. They though when she's training. One guy said we're so proud of her. It's true. He's is veil's prodigal daughter. Off the mountain the toll at this level can be brutal. I have taken more than two days off in this entire season. Maybe a day off. Normally that's a travel day to the next venue. There will be 50 or 60 people at the bottom of a ski area waiting pore autographs. It's easy for us to accept too many appointments for her, appearances or obligations. We've seen it backfire and makes her so tired. She can't ski. Reporter: Racing is taxing on both mind and body. I feel it everywhere in my body. My back gets really sore when I ski. My legs can get really tired. I'm a good sleeper. I am a professional -- what's your nickname again. Sir naps a lot. Reporter: On the mountain, total focus and a post race celebration that says it all. After almost every single win, I just want to go to bed. I daydream about winning races and partying after. Like having a celebration. This is the woman who had one glass of champagne when she turned 21. But I always think, well, it's pack past. There's another race coming up in a week. It's time to work again. I'm Gloria Riviera in vale, Colorado.

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