Ask Mikaela Shiffrin how she and Norwegian Alpine star Aleksander Aamodt Kilde came to be known as the sport’s power couple, and she laughs.
The two-time American Olympic gold champion Shiffrin added, “It’s a very modern story.”
Several years of Facebook friends, texts, private chats, and Instagram. Finally, a physical first date was planned.
Then, during the previous season, the World Cup ski racing circuit was plagued by coronavirus epidemics.
Kilde, a multiple gold medal candidate at this month’s Beijing Olympics, had made a more potent remote connection months ago.
Knowing that Shiffrin was still experiencing pain in the wake of her father Jeff Shiffrin’s untimely death in 2020, Kilde sent a note offering to listen if she needed someone to talk to.
Aleksander Aamodt Kilde on Supporting Mikaela Shiffrin at Beijing 2022: “We’ll Remember it For the Rest of Our Lives”
Kilde and “Kaela” were the biggest love story of the Olympics. He told Olympics.com that he “liked” spending Beijing 2022 with Shiffrin.
And that “we’re real beings” and that sport needs more compassion.
Alexander Aamodt Kilde and Mikaela Shiffrin, a power couple in alpine skiing, were rarely out of the news during Beijing 2022, which was a true roller coaster for both athletes.
Kilde triumphed over his disappointment at placing fifth in the downhill to win a bronze in the Super G and a silver in the combined.
In the meantime, Shiffrin finished last in all six of her events and admitted to still feeling “like a joke” after three DNFs in individual races.
However, having one other in Beijing 2022 allowed Kilde and “Kaela” to rely on one another during an Olympics neither of them had ever imagined.
Ski Racing Power Couple Mikaela Shiffrin and Aleksander Aamodt Kilde Celebrate Double Downhill Victories
In Courchevel, France, on Wednesday morning, just one guy remained between Aleksander Aamodt Kilde of Norway and the downhill crystal globe: Beat Feuz of Switzerland.
And Feuz, the four-time defending overall downhill champion who won the event’s gold medal at the Olympics in Beijing in 2022, wasn’t going down without a fight.
Both skiers performed well, but Kilde edged Feuz by just 13 points to win the 2022 World Cup downhill crown.
While still on the high of winning his first Olympic medals and the super-G crystal globe on home snow in Kvitjfell, Norway last weekend.
After her third event of the Beijing Olympics, Mikaela Shiffrin was about to leave for the athletes’ lounge when she saw her boyfriend.
Norwegian racer Aleksander Aamodt Kilde, who was come to watch her compete.
The power couple of Alpine skiing began to walk hand in glove along the snow-covered route when she grabbed him by the back of his white coat.