In April she ended the year as the world's No. 1 female skier, wiping the board as the overall World Cup champion with 11 victories and a record 2414 points.
Even before Lindsey Vonn's injury at the World Championships in Schladming, Maze had emerged as the American's toughest adversary in years, and now we'll have the chance to see the world's two best female skiers compete for the first time on an Olympic platform.
There's reportedly no love lost between the two off-piste either - so expect some fireworks.
Teen sensation Shiffrin blasted onto the scene last season to become the youngest World Cup slalom champion since 1974.
She's been dubbed a "mini-Lindsey" due to the fact that she hails from the same town -- Vail, Colorado -- and also been labeled an American sweetheart. But beware Shiffrin is a fierce competitor.
And if she can handle the hype, a slalom gold is a strong possibility in Sochi.
Aksel Lund Svindal
Like Norwegian wood, Svindal is big, strong and heavy.
Hardly surprising then that his best performance should be in the speed disciplines super-G and downhill, which are best suited to strong, endurance skiers.
After taking the World Cup titles in both last season, he'll be sizing up the course in Sochi which has been generating buzz for the sheer size of its jumps and long, hard terrain -- a suitable gauntlet for this Norwegian pillar.
There is something of the "Terminator" about Marcel Hirscher -- and not just because he's a muscly Austrian.
Hirscher's skiing has always been clinical, technical and deadly to opponents which he proved once again when he took the overall world title last season for the second time in his career.
He maintained a run of 18 podium appearances in 19 races in the two technical events -- slalom and giant slalom -- matching the legendary Alberto Tomba's record in the process.
To say Ligety's 2013 season was a breakthrough year would be an understatement.
At the season opener in Soelden the 31-year-old American set the tone winning by a record breaking 2.75 second margin in the giant slalom, and then went on to decimate all competition for the rest of the season winning all but two G.S. events on his way to becoming the World Cup champion.
In the midst of this career peak, he also became the first man since Jean-Claude Killy in 1968 to take three gold medals at the World Championships
But can he do it again?