By Ben Cohen (Wall Street Journal)
Updated Feb. 12, 2018 7:20 a.m. ET
PYEONGCHANG, South Korea—Mikaela Shiffrin was only a teenager when she faced a decision that would change her life forever. She had to choose where she wanted to ski. And her choices were the two places she called home: Vail and Vermont.
Shiffrin was born in Colorado, moved to New Hampshire and trained in Vermont before moving back in middle school to what may be the best place on the planet for a skier. And the person who today may be the best skier on the planet didn’t want to be there. Her parents knew she needed to get back to the Northeast.