Super couple Alexander Aamod Keldi (29 years old) and Michaela Shiffrin (27 years old) live on two different continents and travel the world. But rarely together.
While the Norwegian has won the World Cup in both downhill and super G this season, his girlfriend Mikaela Shiffrin has won the World Cup overall for the fifth time.
It should be seen as a powerful revenge after the disappointing Olympics, in which the American was set to be the first American woman to win three Olympic medals (something Budd Miller succeeded in in 2010). Instead, he ended up disappointed and zero medals. And her driving in three out of six races didn’t make the experience any better for Shiffrin, either.
When I rushed for a downhill win in Courchevel, France on Wednesday, a moving source was waiting in the finish zone.
She herself has been open about the fact that she has struggled in recent months, and that the downturn after the failure in Beijing has been hard to swallow. Therefore, victory in the downhill means a lot to both of them, assures Keldy.
– When she won the downhill, I was insanely proud. At the same time, I allow myself to be inspired. She’s been going through tough times lately, but she shows that anything is possible. The victory was so important and so well deserved, Keldy tells VG.
The World Cup Final is only one of two weekends that the two drive at the same venue during the season.
Thus, there will not be much time for synergy between the couple who found each other in 2021. At the Olympics too, they lived in separate bubbles, although they used to live close to each other in the Sports Village.
– It’s hard to part so much. It’s embarrassing of course, but as climbing climbers we’re used to taking many trips. We know life with FaceTime, so to speak. So, we may have coped better than many could have done, says Kildy.
While Keld lives in Innsbruck, Austria, Schiffrin lives in Edwards, Colorado, USA.
was bear Open it needs a lot of support On his way back from a cruciate ligament injury that kept him out of action for a whole year. Shiffrin naturally played a major role in the Norwegian’s comeback way.
– It’s so good to have each other. There is also something about the fact that we have an understanding of what we are going through on each side of our limbs. At the same time, we are not only athletes, but also ordinary people. We share stupid things and good things. It’s a nice balance, says Keldy of the booster.
She’s clearly proud of what Keldy has accomplished this season, with seven World Cup wins and a silver and a bronze at the Olympics. This is a doubling of the total number of World Cup victories for a Norwegian, and also remained the record number of World Cup victories for a Norwegian during a season.
Axel Lund Svendal and Kjetel Jansrud achieved the same.
– It’s insanely impressive. What makes it even bigger is that this is a comeback season for him. His attitude was very good. This has also helped me through this season, Schiffrin tells Viaplay.
She pays tribute to the way a mountaineer has become more diverse in recent seasons.
For me, it’s the perfect combination of the tactical bit and all the elements of speed. When he wins the ball in the downhill and super G, he shows how strong he is under all possible conditions, says the 27-year-old.
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