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Mikaela Shiffrin’s gold in slalom draws Twitter praise

Sochi Olympics Alpine Skiing Women

United States’ Mikaela Shiffrin is congratulated by a member of the U.S. ski team after winning the gold medal in the women’s slalom at the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics, Friday, Feb. 21, 2014, in Krasnaya Polyana, Russia. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

Charlie Riedel

While Mikaela Shiffrin entered the women’s slalom as a favorite, winning gold is easier said than done. Especially with a field that included multiple gold medalists such as Slovenia’s Tina Maze and Germany’s Maria Hoefl-Riesch. Especially as an 18-year-old.

She made it happen on Friday and her peers took to Twitter to praise her strong work. Here are some of the highlights.

As great as the present clearly is, the future is indeed quite bright. In fact, the 18-year-old seems primed to add another discipline to her regimen.

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