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“Would Have Been Your 69th”: Emotional Mikaela Shiffrin Remembers Her Late Father on His Birthday

Published 03/09/2023, 5:00 AM EST

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The pain of losing a parent can’t be described in words, and the star alpine skier, Mikaela Shiffrin, feels nothing different. The American skiing superstar lost his father, Jeff Shiffrin, two years back in 2020. March 8th is the birth date of her father. The 5x World Champion took to social media and remembered her father. 

Jeff Shiffrin’s passing away left the family devastated and the entire skiing community was saddened by his loss. The recent Instagram picture has given an emotional moment to the entire community. 

Mikaela Shiffrin post an old picture of her father


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In her emotional Instagram post, Mikaela shared a childhood picture of her. The cute kid was seen sitting in his father’s lap with a curious expression on her face. The old photo from the vault would have definitely taken her down memory lane to the golden days. She wrote a short yet heartfelt message to honor his memory. “Would have been your 69th. Happy birthday, Dad. Iym”, Shiffrin wrote in the caption. 

Jeff Shiffrin was a respected physician and an accomplished Master ski racer. However, the man was perhaps best known for his unwavering support of his daughter’s skiing career. Jeff was a constant face at her races. His support and encouragement played a crucial part in Mikaela’s success.


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Mikaela has spoken openly about the profound impact that her father had on her life, both as a skier and as a person. Despite the tragic loss of her father, Mikaela has continued to excel on the slopes. Jeff has played a vital role in developing Mikaela into a strong confident woman, and her latest World title is a testament to that. 


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Shiffrin continues to make her father proud

The 27-year-old recently created history after getting her hand to the 5th World Title. The historic feat grabbed the attention of not just the skiing community but other sports as well. Tennis stars like Stefanos Tsitsipas applauded Shiffrin’s greatest achievement. 


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With five World titles, three Olympic medals, and over 70 World Cup wins, the champion skier has secured her place in the GOAT’s list of skiing. However, the skier considers it a tribute to the enduring legacy of her father’s love and support. His love and support may no longer be physically present, but they will always be a part of her, fueling her determination and inspiring her to greatness.

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Shivam Sharma

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Shivam Sharma is a US Sports author for EssentiallySports. With a Bachelor's degree in Journalism, he has previously worked as a writer and an anchor for Navbharat Today, penning down and explaining issues around sports, politics, and international relations. He is an admirer of Virat Kohli for the passion that he brings to the field.

Edited By: Simar Singh Wadhwa