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Olympian Mikaela Shiffrin Talks The Hunger Games Obsession, Pantene Hair Products and More

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At just 18 years old, Olympian Mikaela Shiffrin is the youngest winner of the slalom event, with a shiny gold medal to call her own now.

Now that the games have officially come to a close, we scored some downtime with the athlete, who stayed at the P&G house while in Sochi, to find out more about her everyday lifestyle.

Here's what she shared with us:

Describe your fashion style when you're not competing.
I'm kind of all over the place, actually. I don't really have one style. I look up things online, like different braids I can put in my hair and different looks for makeup that aren't too bold. I'm not at the point where I can do a ton of different colors on my eyes. I like to keep it simple but sometimes it's fun to play with my hair and makeup.

Do you have a lucky piece of jewelry or item that you take with you?
Yeah! One of my really good friends from school gave me a fake St. Christopher from Nantucket because she goes out there every year. There's this special store that sells fake St. Christophers, so she got us matching St. Christopher necklaces. It now protects me when I travel.

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Mikaela Shiffrin AP Photo/Christophe Ena

And when you travel, what are the five things you put in your bag?
I always travel with the Pantene Repair & Protect Collection, a curling iron because my hair is naturally curly so I use heat to calm it down, face moisturizer, skis and boots. I always have skis when I travel.

How much lip balm do you go through in a competition season?
Oh my god, a lot. I think I have eight different lip balms I'm using right now. And they're all pretty natural shades. They're all sort of peachy or nude, but they really just moisturize. They get the job done.

So if there was a Mikaela Shiffrin movie, who would you want to play you?
I'm not sure. Jennifer Lawrence is probably my favorite actress right now, but I feel like I'm not cool enough for her to play me. [laughs]

And if you had a fifteen-minute break, what would you do?
Probably take a nap. Whenever I have a break, I always try to take a nap.

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Mikaela Shiffrin AP Photo/David Goldman

And what's your guiltiest pleasure?
Chocolate…just like everybody else. Pigging out on chocolate when no one is looking. [laughs]

And what's your warm-up jam of the moment?
Actually before the second run at the Olympics, I listened to "Atlas" by Coldplay off the Hunger Games Catching Fire soundtrack. If you put two-and-two together, you can probably tell I love the Hunger Games. The song totally pumped me up for the second run, so I'd have to say that's number one right now.

What did you miss the most while in Sochi?
I just missed being at home and being with my family. It's such a long winter. It's only three months but we're in Europe the whole time and we're going from hotel to hotel, living out of our suitcases. I travel with my mom so that makes it a lot better, but I missed seeing my brother and my dad and my best friends every single day. That was probably the number one.

Did you forget to pack anything?
I actually don't think I forgot anything. I pack way too much. [laughs] My entire room is in my bag.

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Did you buy yourself a souvenir in Sochi?
Yeah!  I didn't buy it for myself, somebody else bought it for me. I don't have it here but it's just a little keychain to put on my car keys when I get home.

And of course your medal.
[laughs] Oh yeah, I guess that's a souvenir! I didn't buy that one either, but it's definitely a nice one to bring home.

And besides your own event that you competed in, what was the highlight of Sochi?
I didn't see too much of the Olympics besides my competition because we came for such a short time, but probably coming down to the P&G House, getting totally pampered, getting facials and my hair washed and styled. I felt so invigorated.

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