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Mikaela Shiffrin has some famous new fans

Jan 11, 2013, 12:51 PM EDT

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The secret of Mikaela Shiffrin is out after she became the first American alpine skier to win two World Cup races before the age of 18 last week.

Now, some of her favorite Olympians are celebrating her success and following her on Twitter, including gold medal gymnasts Nastia Liukin and Aly Raisman.

“You honestly have to be kidding me,” Mikaela Tweeted. “Did someone let it slip that gymnastics is my favorite Summer Olympic event?”

She’s since traded messages with Raisman and gained hundreds of new fans. She now has more than 3,500 followers, and we believe she’ll have thousands more after Sochi next year.

Mikaela currently sits sixth in overall World Cup points this season, and she races Lindsey Vonn this weekend in Austria.

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