AFPPYEONGCHANG (AFP-Jiji) — Mikaela Shiffrin said she keeps her Sochi slalom gold medal hidden away in a sock. She might need a few more socks to stash the five gold-medal haul the alpine skiing superstar could target at Pyeongchang.
Shiffrin stormed to gold in the most technical of events four years ago at just 18, a year after she won the first of her three consecutive world championship slalom titles.
Now 22, she has maintained her form and this season has racked up 10 World Cup victories across five disciplines, including five straight wins in January.
“The medals, I put them in socks!” Shiffrin said Saturday, with her opening sortie in Pyeongchang coming in the giant slalom on Monday.
“I had heard before Sochi that it’s a good place to keep your medal, you put it in a sock and it keeps it kind of safe and then you can pack it away somewhere.
“I’m not going to tell you the exact location in case you want to go into my house and steal it!”
Shiffrin said while her Sochi gold was stashed away, “I did hang up my world championships medals in my room but more because I had deadspace on my wall.”