Mikaela Shiffrin, Alpine Skiing
By the time she was 20, Mikaela Shiffrin had already won a World Championship slalom gold medal, several World Cup honors and an Olympic gold medal, just to name a few. Now, at age 22, Shiffrin is going for the gold again. To compete at her level, Shiffrin has to spend much of the day working out at the gym. But you can’t say the same for her cat, Muffin.
“She sleeps all day, and if she isn’t sleeping, then she is eating, or begging for food,” says Shiffrin. Muffin, an 11-year-old tabby, recently had a few health issues but seems to be feeling better, Shiffrin says. Muffin will be watching Shiffrin compete from her hometown of Eagle-Vail, Colorado. But will she be cheering her owner on? That’s up for debate.
“I love her,” Shiffrin says of her pet. “Although I don’t think that feeling is mutual.”
Images via @mikaelashiffrin, USOC/NBC Olympics