PARMA, Italy, Feb. 27, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Barilla, the Italian food company, extends congratulations to Olympic Gold Medalist, Mikaela Shiffrin and all of this year's athletes for their achievements on the global stage. The first-time Olympic medalist received gold in women's slalom, making the 18-year-old the youngest US medalist in this category.
"Winning a gold medal is a dream come true, and I could not have gotten to where I am today without the incredible support of my family and friends," says Mikaela Shiffrin. "I am also really lucky to have the support of Barilla – who in many ways is an extension of my own family."
The collaboration between Barilla and Shiffrin is a partnership based on shared values, including nutrition, quality and family. Eating Barilla with her family since childhood, Shiffrin's favorite variety is Barilla PLUS® served with chicken and vegetables. Barilla PLUS® is a good source of protein as well as complex carbohydrates and necessary nutrients to fuel an active lifestyle.
"We are thrilled to celebrate Mikaela and her achievements on the world stage as well as all the success she's had this World Cup season. She is a great role model encouraging children of all ages to reach for their dreams," said Guido Barilla, Chairman Barilla Group. "The entire Barilla family is so proud of Mikaela and we are looking forward to her continued success."
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About the Barilla Group
Created in Parma in 1877 out of a shop that made bread and pasta, Barilla is today among the top Italian food groups, a world leader in the pasta and pasta sauce businesses in continental Europe, bakery products in Italy, and the crispbread business in Scandinavia. Currently, the Barilla Group owns 30 production sites (14 in Italy and 16 abroad) and exports to more than 100 countries. Every year, its plants turn out around 1,700,000 tons of food products that are consumed on tables all over the world, under the following brand names: Barilla, Mulino Bianco, Voiello, Pavesi, Academia Barilla, Wasa, Harrys (Francia and Russia), Misko (Grecia), Filiz (Turchia), Yemina and Vesta (Messico).
SOURCE Barilla Center for Food and Nutrition