Who is US Winter Olympics Star Mikaela Shiffrin’s Boyfriend?

Published 02/19/2022, 10:30 AM EST
ZAGREB, CROATIA – JANUARY 4 : Mikaela Shiffrin of USA takes 2nd place during the Audi FIS Alpine Ski World Cup Women’s Slalom on January 4, 2020 in Zagreb Croatia. (Photo by Christophe Pallot/Agence Zoom/Getty Images)

Mikaela Shiffrin is one of the most decorated alpine ski racing world champions in the world. Shiffrin has won three overall World Cup championships and six World Championship titles. Furthermore, to top it off, she also has two Olympic gold medals to her name. Certainly, she is one of the most successful alpine ski racers in the world.

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She has a global spotlight on herself, with endorsements, brands, and her athletic achievements adding to her fame.

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Many people have wondered whether Mikaela Shiffrin is in a relationship with anyone, and if so, who. Here’s everything you need to know about Mikaela’s boyfriend, Aleksander Aamodt Kilde.

Who is Aleksander Aamodt Kilde?

Mikaela Shiffrin‘s boyfriend is Norwegian alpine ski racer Aleksander Aamodt Kilde. Like Shiffrin, he, too, is an Olympian. Moreover, he was with her at the Beijing Winter Olympics as well, representing Norway.

Kilde won a bronze as well as a silver medal at the Winter Olympics 2022. He won the first medal, a bronze, after finishing third in the men’s super-G final. Then, he secured the silver medal in the men’s combined slalom event.

Aleksander Kilde is also a Junior World giant slalom champion. Kilde took to skiing at six years old. It was only natural, considering his family grew up next to a ski hill, and he ended up following after his elder brother Andreas.

However, he wasn’t always just a ski racer. Not many people know that Aleksander Aamodt Kilde also used to play football. But, after realizing he needed to focus on just one sport, he chose alpine skiing.

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He is a World Champion in his own right, having won the 2019-20 World Cup over title.

How did Mikaela Shiffrin and Aleksander Kilde meet?

Talking to Reuters, Mikaela Shiffrin had revealed that the two had met around seven years ago. Most probably, it could have been at the FIS Alpine Ski World Cup in 2015 or 2016.

Alpine Skiing – FIS Alpine Ski World Cup Slalom – Zagreb, Croatia – January 4, 2022 Mikaela Shiffrin of the U.S. reacts after her second run REUTERS/Antonio Bronic

Mikaela shared that it was Kilde who came up to her and greeted her. He was the one who sent her a friend request first. However, when Aleksander asked Shiffrin out, she refused.

 

Initially, there was certainly some lack of understanding, as Mikaela had thought she was being playful. On the other hand, Kilde understood it as a rejection.

Nevertheless, the two remained amicable toward each other. Sadly, in 2021, Mikaela Shiffrin lost her father, and at the same time, Kilde suffered from a season-ending injury.

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Thus, the two began bonding over the difficult time in their lives. Shiffrin shared that Kilde reached out to her with a nice and supportive message for her family after she returned to the sport following her father’s demise. “This time, we just never stopped chatting,” Mikaela said.

Mikaela and Kilde’s official relationship

It was Aleksander Kilde who announced to the world that Mikaela Shiffrin and he had gotten together in May 2021. He had taken to Instagram to announce their relationship, and the two of them have been together ever since.

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However, it isn’t simply all roses for the couple, as their skiing schedules are quite unforgiving. Shiffrin stated that both of them often go in different directions across the world.

Nevertheless, even thousands of miles apart, the two manage to do the best they can. They understand each other’s engagements and commitments, which makes it easier for the couple even during their time apart, as per Mikaela Shiffrin.

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Shiffrin also revealed that she appreciated the fact that the two do not have to keep their personal and professional lives apart. “We share in each other’s successes and also disappointments,” Mikaela said about their relationship.

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Samarveer Singh

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Samarveer Singh is a tennis writer at EssentiallySports. Holding a degree in English Literature and a diploma in Fitness Sciences and Training, Samarveer is obsessed with tennis and basketball. He is also an automotive writer at HotCars.

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