As Mikaela Shiffrin Strives for Unachievable, Partner for 12 Years Pays Tribute to Her Legendary Journey

Published 12/08/2023, 3:15 PM EST

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The Queen of the Snowy Slope, Mikaela Shiffrin, has been an unstoppable force since she made her World Cup debut in 2011. Since then, with great ferocity, she has climbed to the top, clinching victory after victory. She is now almost 90 World Cups richer and is the winningest Alpine skier of all time.

On her 100-win run, a notable moment in her career came when she clinched her 87th career World Cup win in Åre, Sweden, this year, where she surpassed Ingemar Stenmark’s record for the most career wins by any male or female. And to celebrate the win, a brand partner of over 12 years paid a huge tribute to her.

Mikaela Shiffrin gets a heartfelt tribute


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On March 11, 2023, Barilla Italian Food Company, the world’s largest pasta producer, took to Instagram to share a special tribute to Mikaela Shiffrin. Shiffrin spoke in the monologue, asking, So what does history actually mean? Is it the past or the future? The hair-raising footage showcased Shiffrin cherishing heartwarming moments with her loved ones, all set with delectable pasta meals thanks to her partnership with Barilla.


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A male voice in the video shared, “Dear Mikaela, today you have rewritten history. And in sharing these 12 years of victories together, it’s easy to find that history is just somewhere in the middle. We’ve been with you since your first World Cup win. And we’re honored to stand by your side as you become the greatest skier of all time.” The brand even noted that Shiffrin was now a part of their family after all these years. As part of the celebratory gesture, the brand even launched a heartwarming surprise.


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How Barilla celebrated the massive win

Since her first World Cup win on December 29, 2011, Mikaela Shiffrin has been a stalwart partner for Barilla. After her epic 87th win, the brand launched a special surprise for the snow queen. In blue boxes with the iconic red and white logo, which is often featured on Shiffrin’s helmet, the brand launched 87 limited-edition packs with pasta in the shapes of “8” and “7.”

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The box also featured a quote from the brand that said, “You’ve always been the best for us. Now you’re the best in the world.” As Shiffrin now stands at the pinnacle of Alpine skiing, fans await the day she clinches her 100th World Cup win.

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Written by:

Christaline Meyers


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Hello there! I'm Christaline Meyers, a Olympics Sports Writer for Essentially Sports. As an ardent lover of the sporting world, I've found my home in the dazzling world of Gymnastics, where elegance meets athleticism in gravity-defying routines. But my passion doesn't stop there; I'm a sports enthusiast with a taste for the wild waves of surfing, the adrenaline rush of Alpine Skiing, and the street-smart moves of skateboarding.
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