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Mikaela Shiffrin, teen slalom skier, seeks Olympic experience from 'top of podium' 

Mikaela Shiffrin, a gold medal favorite in the Olympic slalom races, said she stays focused by isolating herself whenever possible.“I’m holing myself up in my room, trying to stay calm and not get too distracted,” said the 18-year-old Alpine skier. While everyone has told her the Olympic experience is about the process, not the results, Shiffrin said she sees it a bit differently.“I’m ho
Mikaela Shiffrin talks to TODAY's Savannah Guthrie.
Mikaela Shiffrin talks to TODAY's Savannah Guthrie.Today

Mikaela Shiffrin, a gold medal favorite in the Olympic slalom races, said she stays focused by isolating herself whenever possible.

“I’m holing myself up in my room, trying to stay calm and not get too distracted,” said the 18-year-old Alpine skier.

While everyone has told her the Olympic experience is about the process, not the results, Shiffrin said she sees it a bit differently.

“I’m hoping that I get my experience from the top of the podium,” she said. “I’m not going to shun that away because I have a chance to do it.”

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