How Mikaela Shiffrin earned the nickname “Sir Naps A Lot”

Mikaela Shiffrin

Mikaela Shiffrin did not hesitate when asked about her most important possession.

“Probably my bed,” she said. “Is that weird?”

The 2014 Olympic slalom champion sleeps a lot. She goes to bed at 9 p.m., and wakes up around 10 hours later at 7 a.m. Impressive, considering a 2013 Gallop poll found that just 5 percent of Americans sleep nine hours or more per night. 

She also supplements her nightly slumber with a daily nap.

“Rest is big for me,” Shiffrin said to Savannah Guthrie on “TODAY,” while also joking that if there were a gold medal for napping, “probably I would win it.” 

Shiffrin is so diligent about her daily nap that teammates caller her “Sir Naps A Lot.”

During an appearance on “Late Night with Seth Meyers,” Shiffrin admitted that she occasionally falls asleep on ski lifts. One time she failed to wake up at the top, and had to ride down the mountain while still sitting on the ski lift. 

Shiffrin even clinched the 2017 World Cup overall title while napping. When she woke up, she found out that she had mathematically clinched the title because her closest rival, Ilka Stuhec of Slovenia, withdrew a race. 

“I woke up from a nap, and my mom was like, ‘Hey, congrats,’” Shiffrin said. “Sweet, [but] I didn’t really do anything.” provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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