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As World Number One, Iga Swiatek Turns 22, Friend Mikaela Shiffrin Sends Her Wish

Published 06/02/2023, 7:02 AM EDT

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Two-time Olympic skiing champion Mikaela Shiffrin and tennis Grand Slam winner Iga Swiatek, have gained massive success in their respective sports. The two professionals, aged 28 and 22, had entered the realms of skiing and tennis at a very young age. Despite hailing from different horizons, they have created what we now perceive as a close bond.

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In interviews, the two have discussed and praised each other’s skills and commitment. Since the two have never met in person, let’s explore their virtual friendship in depth. The American skier also wished her friend on her birthday through social media.

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On May 31, 2023, Shiffrin posted a birthday greeting on Twitter as Swiatek turned 22. She reposted a clip titled “When she hit the shot of the year on the first day of 2023” from Swiatek’s 2023 United Cup, featuring her with Hubert Hurkacz to represent Poland in the mixed-team competition.

The pair’s friendship has drawn attention from both fans and the media. Eurosport tweeted, “We are absolutely here for this Mikaela Shiffrin and Iga Swiatek friendship”. They have laid the groundwork for a long-awaited rendezvous by making jokes about playing doubles together. Shiffrin has also expressed interest in partnering with Swiatek at Wimbledon.

The two legends are examples of the adage “The friends that stay together win big together.” Shiffrin and Swiatek are the nominees of the Laureus World Sportswoman of the Year Award 2023. The two have each received many accolades in their respective sports, and they even share some similarities.

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Shiffrin and Swiatek share a lot of similarities while dominating quite different sports. Despite consistently succeeding, they both avoid the spotlight, and they both compete in pressure-filled individual sports. They have shared some twinning moments in their wins. For instance, Swiatek won her first WTA championship at the same age (17) as Shiffrin won her first World Cup race.

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Their friendship is a testament to the power of social media and the value of encouraging one another, especially when you work in different professions. Despite never having met in person, they have developed a new friendship of their own. Since becoming famous, they have also acknowledged experiencing trust issues, but their relationship has helped them get past these challenges.

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Iga Swiatek and Mikaela Shiffrin are undisputed queens in their respective sports. Despite their age difference, they have encouraged one another through their successes and setbacks, serving as sources of mutual inspiration for one another. Their friendship serves as a reminder that, despite our differences in skills, we all benefit from supporting others.

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Divya Purohit

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Divya Purohit is a sports writer at EssentiallySports specializing her coverage in American sporting events. She recently found US Sports writing to be a niche that she enjoys and began following sports. Divya enjoys researching and creating various pieces of articles.

Edited By: Brandon Gabriel