2014 Olympic gold medallist Mikaela Shiffrin said in a recent interview that tennis great Roger Federer was her role model.
“I feel like Roger Federer is in a league of his own,” the 20-year-old said to Laureus.com. “And the Swiss Davis Cup Team is not the only one inspired by Roger. He is a class act and I use him as a role model. Every time I open my mouth and start to say something stupid to the media, a little voice in my head shouts ‘what would Roger say?’ OK, that may be an exaggeration, but really I like his style and his presence, and anyone who is inspired by him is a friend of mine.”
Shiffrin also had some nice things to say about Marin Cilic. “I watched Marin Cilic win the US Open. My mom and I play a lot of tennis and I love to watch the Grand Slams and was particularly moved by not only Marin’s win but by his demeanor during his post-win interview. He seems like such a cool, focused, and very sweet guy, like the Croatian skiers I know.”
At just 18, the American Shiffrin won the Olympic gold in the slalom at Sochi last year.
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