Jeff Shiffrin was best known as the father of Mikaela Shiffrin, is an American two-time Olympic Gold Medalist and World Cup alpine skier.
She is a three-time Overall World Cup champion, a four-time world champion in slalom, and a six-time winner of the World Cup discipline title in that event. Shiffrin is the youngest slalom champion in Olympic alpine skiing history, at 18 years and 345 days. Explore more about Jeff Shiffrin’s wiki, bio, age, height, weight, daughter, net worth and many more facts about him.
Meet Mikaela Shiffrin’s Father
Shiffrin’s parents, Jeff and Eileen, gave her a warm embrace as she walked through the media center after her DQ in the giant slalom. Mikaela Shiffrin’s mother and father are Jeff and Eileen Shiffrin, who met while working at St. Elizabeth’s Medical Center in Brighton, Massachusetts in 1985.
Eileen was an ICU nurse and Jeff was a cardiothoracic intern at the time. The family’s love of skiing has passed on to Mikaela and her brother Taylor, who is two years older than she is.
“We just had so much fun skiing with them,” Eileen told The Aspen Sojourner (via Women’s Health). “But people are always trying to model their program after how we did it. Stop right there! Parents need to calm down and enjoy the process when their kids are little, whatever the sport.”
Jeff Shiffrin Died In 2020
Jeff Shiffrin, unfortunately, died on February 2, 2020 after tripping and sustaining a head injury. In order to mourn, Mikaela immediately stopped skiing following Jeff’s death.
“She couldn’t even get out of bed,” said Mikaela’s mother Eileen. “She was so devastated, she couldn’t stop crying. Taylor (her brother) came into the room with the two of us, grabbed both of us, and said to Mikaela, ‘You cannot give up.’”
“It was a moment of selfishness, like: ‘You can’t quit on us. We need you,’” Taylor said. “Yes, you need us but we also need you so we’ve gotta get back on our feet. It’s what Dad would want. It’s how Dad would handle it.”
Fortunately, Mikaela Shiffrin has recovered sufficiently to compete at the 2022 Winter Olympics. Shiffrin is inspired and hopeful by a snap of her father, who was ‘quite often behind the camera’ rather than in “too many pictures himself.”
“It was not that easy to find pictures of him,” Mikaela said. “We wanted to feel his presence and sometimes it’s hard to force that, but we want to see him, and that’s nice.”