Updated: 04/09/2014 8:30 PM
Created: 04/09/2014 5:50 PM WNYT.com
By: WNYT Staff
She's had a story book season and Wednesday evening, Olympic gold medalist, Mikaela Shiffrin, got to meet some of the fans who've been cheering her on.
She's also getting to spend some quality time with family.
The line of fans wrapped all around the second floor of a ski and snowboard shop, all to meet Shiffrin in person.
“It’s pretty spectacular,” said Shiffrin. “We just kind of announced it yesterday, so I did not think people were going to come. It’s very surprising to see so many people coming and such big ski fans.”
Shiffrin said after the big win, it was important for her to come home to her family and friends.
“It’s always important just to get back to your roots, kind of for your sanity,” Shiffrin explained. “I’ve been in Europe all winter. Big talk shows and doing all these crazy things. It’s just great to get back here and get settled and see my Nana, and see all these people who I don’t know necessarily know personally, but they’re kind of growing up doing exactly what I did when I was younger.”
Shiffrin says the first thought when she won the gold was family.
“Just ‘Where’s my family?’ At this big moment, the pinnacle of my life right now, I just want to find my parents and give them a hug.” she described.
Shiffrin also says she was so overcome with emotion at that moment, she didn’t really feel it. When she saw a video of her family watching her big win back at home, it finally hit her.
“I keep telling people when I went through the finish line and finally figured out that I won, I was expecting a lot of emotion. I don’t even know how to describe it,” explained Shiffrin.
“I was expecting to cry and fall on the ground and throw my hands up in the air,” she continued. “I didn’t actually feel anything. It’s like I was devoid of emotion because it was too much. It wasn’t until later when I saw the video of my family watching in Lanesborough, and my dad watching and his reaction in the stands that I could let it go. They were just feeling everything I wanted to feel.”