Mikaela Shiffrin’s Boyfriend: Aleksander Kilde | Everything We Know!

Mikaela Shiffrin may not have won her third Olympic gold medal this year, but she is still a force to be reckoned with as a two-time Olympic champion (and six-time World champion).

The 29-year-old skier created history by being the youngest slalom champion, and she is the only athlete to have won all six FIS Alpine Ski World Cup disciplines as of 2022.

We're interested in learning more about her dating life—specifically, her partner Aleksander Kilde—because we're already familiar with her excellent skiing abilities.

What was the beginning of their relationship? When did they make it official on Instagram? Continue reading to learn more.

 

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 Who is Aleksander Kilde, and What Does He Do?

Kilde, a 29-year-old Norwegian World Cup alpine ski racer who competes in both downhill and super-G, is a former football player (super giant slalom).

He competed in the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi, Russia, and the 2018 Olympic Winter Games in PyeongChang, South Korea, where he finished 13th in super-G. He's also a 2013 Junior World giant slalom champion with six top-10 finishes in three different World Championships.

According to the Associated Press, the skier can bench press 300 pounds, earning him the moniker “Ironman” and “Arnold Schwarzenegger of skiing.”

When Did He Begin to Ski?

According to the official Olympics website, he began skiing as a child in Norway with his family. Kilde aspired to follow in his older brother's footsteps and live near a ski hill at the time.

“I enjoy the thrill and the sensation of speed and clean turns down the mountain,” he previously stated about what drove him to the sport.

Why Did Kilde Stop Playing Football?

Kilde would almost certainly still be playing football if he had his way. He knew, however, that he needed to concentrate his efforts on just one sport.

He seemed to have made the proper decision. ‘According to the official Olympic website,' he remarked, “It was a difficult decision, but I ultimately chose to be a skier, and I am delighted with my decision. Playing in front of tens of thousands of people would be incredible, but the thrill I get every time I step out of the starting gate is unrivaled.”

How Did He Get in Touch With Shiffrin?

It turns out that the two initially met over six years ago (most likely during the FIS Alpine Ski World Cup), and Kilde was the one who initiated contact. However, when he asked her out, she declined.

According to Reuters, Shriffin said, “We met about seven years ago, and I believe he began the conversation by saying, “Hi.” Later that year, he asked me out on a date, but I politely declined. I thought I was being cute, but he appears to have misinterpreted it.” He was also the first to send a friend request.

 How Long Have They Been Dating?

Even after Shiffrin's rejection, Klide remained “kind and friendly” to her and “extremely respectful” to her when she dated other people, according to Shiffrin. But it wasn't until 2021 that the two skiers began to bond over their most challenging experience. While Shiffrin was mourning her father's death, Kilde struggled with a significant injury that required him to use crutches.

“Last year, when I started racing again following my father's injury, he got in touch with me again with a wonderful and encouraging message to my family, and this time we just never stopped communicating,” she said.

When Did They Become Official on Instagram?

Klide announced the happy news on his own Instagram account in May 2021, providing a photo of the comfortable pair smiling and posing together. “If you know, you know…and now you know,” he said in the post.

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He and Shiffrin have since shared adorable photographs and videos of them spending quality time together and a fun Q&A with their followers.

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