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Mikaela Shiffrin roaring down the mountain

The slopes' fresh face

Updated: January 10, 2013, 12:30 PM ET
By Derek Taylor | ESPN The Magazine

During one of the biggest moments of her young ski-racing career, 17-year-old Mikaela Shiffrin wasn't even there. When her name was called as the 2012 FIS World Cup Rookie of the Year, Shiffrin was in her hotel room, asleep.

"I didn't know it was an award, so I was completely unaware," she said. "The party where it was awarded was at a bar and I wasn't allowed in. Also, I was exhausted."

That Shiffrin is emerging as America's brightest new ski-racing ...

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