American alpine skiing star Mikaela Shiffrin, who separated to everyone’s surprise from her historic coach Mike Day during the 2023 World Championships, will now be coached by Karin Harjo, the American Federation announced on Monday. Harjo previously rubbed shoulders with Shiffrin when she was the assistant coach of the United States team in the technical disciplines from 2015 to 2017, then in the speed disciplines from 2017 to 2022. She was this season at the head of the women’s team from Canada.
«I’m really looking forward to working with Karin again, this time directly as my cell’s head trainer.“Said Shiffrin, quoted in the press release. “I believe she can make a huge contribution to my work for years to come and she will bring a new way of looking at things.“, she added.
On February 15, in the middle of the Alpine Skiing World Championships disputed in Courchevel and Méribel (France), the American team announced the departure of Mike Day, with whom Shiffrin had accumulated successes since 2016. This did not prevent the American to glean a new world title from the giant the day after the announcement, then the silver medal in the slalom.
Shiffrin became the skier with the most World Cup victories on Saturday (87) ahead of Sweden’s Indemar Stenmark (86). The five-time World Cup-winning skier from Colorado has a custom training cell in line with but outside of “Team USA“, headed by his mother Eileen Shiffrin, who has accompanied him since his beginnings.