American skier Mikaela Shiffrin is a leading contender for a Winter Olympic Gold medal in Beijing, but so is her boyfriend Aleksander Kilde. Which events are they competing in?
Shiffrin – who will be taking to the slopes in slalom and giant slalom will be looking to add to her growing collection of medals and silverware.
The Colorado native already has two Winter Olympic Gold medals and is a three-time World Cup winner aged 26.
She will be defending her Giant Slalom gold from Pyeongchang, and looking to regain her gold in Slalom from Sochi 2014.
However, she has been eliminated from the Giant Slalom after missing a gate and falling early in the first of two runs required for the gold medal.
Mikaela Shiffrin will be joined on the ski slopes by her boyfriend Aleksander Aamodt Kilde – a Norwegian skier.
Which events is he competing in in Beijing – and who has the most Olympic medals?
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Mikaela Shiffrin boyfriend revealed
Mikaela Shiffrin’s boyfriend Aleksander Aamodt Kilde will be competing in the Super G and Downhill alpine skiing events.
He currently leads the World Cup standings in the events.
The two started their relationship in 2021, having grown close during troubled times.
Shiffrin lost her father Jeff to an accident at home in 2020 – with Kilde recovering from a serious knee injury.
Owing to the respective competitions and events the two have been involved in prior to the Olympics – they are in what could be termed as a long distance relationship.
In the Athletes’ village in Beijing, Mikaela Shiffrin and her boyfriend Aleksander Kilde are allowed to mingle in the food hall.
Otherwise, with the COVID-19 restrictions in place, the two are busy preparing for their events.
Shiffrin the more successful
In terms of Olympic medals, Mikaela Shiffrin is more successful than her boyfriend Aleksander Kilde.
In total, she has three medals – also including a silver from Pyeongchang to go with the two golds.
Kilde is yet to win an Olympic medal of any colour.
His best finish has been 13th in the Super G event at both Sochi and Pyeongchang.
However, since his knee injury in Janaury 2021, he has been impressive.
Since his return, the only event of seven he has failed to win was Super G in January 2022 in Switzerland.
He finished second.
He made his skiing debut in 2015 in competition in Italy – finishing in third place.
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