While 18-year-old U.S. alpine skiing sensation Mikaela Shiffrin is off traversing the slopes of some destination along the World Cup tour, her older brother Taylor Shiffrin is back in the pair’s home state of Colorado, training as well. He also is doing a little accounting and physics homework on the side — and keeping tabs on his little sis.
Taylor, a 21-year-old University of Denver sophomore and a member of the alpine squad on the Pioneers ski team, stays in touch with his superstar sibling — who soon will be off to Sochi, Russia, for the Winter Olympics — almost every day, be it through Facebook, calls and texts or funny videos on YouTube.
Last year Serena Williams had one of the greatest of her 17 seasons: trophies at the French and U.S. Opens, 11 titles and 45 weeks in a row at No. 1. At 32, she is the oldest woman ever to top the rankings.
Williams credits a return to top form in part to a change in racket strings. Inspired by Roger Federer’s control, Williams went from all-natural gut strings to a mix of natural and synthetic in March 2012.
Bobsledders, lugers, and skeleton athletes cruise down an icy track, in some cases with their faces just inches from the frozen surface, at upwards of 100 miles an hour. But a la the premise often inferred by Disney’s Cool Runnings, can anybody do it?
It was a bluebird day in Breckenridge. The air hummed with adrenaline. Not even the biting 12-degree feel on the skin could keep a drove of fans from gathering on the mountain at the sixth annual Dew Tour iON Mountain Championships.