Mikaela Shiffrin can do a math. She’s 22 years aged and has one Olympic bullion award from Sochi 4 years ago.
Even if she sweeps a 5 events she could ski in during Pyeongchang — and she hasn’t committed to a report nonetheless — Shiffrin knows she’s a prolonged approach from Baltimore’s Michael Phelps’ all-time Olympic medals record.
According to a Associated Press, Shiffrin laughed when a contributor asked Saturday about a comparison to Phelps, a swimmer lifted in Rodgers Forge.
“You’re crazy,” Shiffrin replied. “OK, he has, what, 23 medals?”
Actually, he has 28 medals altogether and 23 bullion medals.
“I know, like, it’s a comparison between sports, and we don’t cruise there’s a competition in a Winter Olympics where we can even win 23 medals opposite 3 or 4 Olympics, but, yeah, we could never suppose myself even in a same judgment as Michael Phelps,” Shiffrin told reporters in South Korea. “It’s intensely flattering, though it’s apples and oranges.”
Especially when we cruise there’s no possibility to contest in relays and there’s a high risk of damage given a risk of her sport.
In Phelps’ initial Olympics, Australia in 2000, he unsuccessful to award during age 15. But in Athens in 2004, Phelps hauled in 8 medals, including 6 golds. But take divided relays, he had 5 particular medals, 4 golds. Shiffrin could compare a particular medals over a subsequent week or so.
At age 31, Phelps finished his career — allegedly — with 6 some-more medals, including 5 golds, in Rio. Phelps says he’s retired, though who knows? He’s now available a birth of his second child.
And while Shiffrin says relating Phelps’ award transport isn’t expected from a Winter Olympian — she’d have to award in each eventuality she entered and ski until during slightest 2034 during an Olympics site that hasn’t even been awarded, there is one thing she could do in Pyeongchang:
Become America’s subsequent Olympic hero.
It all adds up.
The Associated Press contributed to this article.