February 14 Olympics recap: Mikaela Shiffrin's debut, women's hockey showdown
- Author: Leroy Wright Feb 16, 2018,
Feb 16, 2018, 7:06
Or the one who finished no higher than seventh in the five races that preceded the Winter Games? Shiffrin is expected to compete in all five individual Alpine events and win up to three gold medals.
Shiffrin roared to a 0.39-second victory with a blazing second run.
"There were moments where I thought I don't know if I'm good enough to do this", Shiffrin acknowledged.
Sure was. And sure did.
Julie Foudy breaks down Mikaela Shiffrin's one-of-a-kind pre-race routine that helped propel the Team USA skier to Olympic gold in Pyeongchang.
American Mikaela Shiffrin has overcome weather delays - and any anxiety - to become the golden girl of the Olympics once again. "So to finally have the race actually happen today, I was like, 'Well, I really hope that I actually can do it when the time comes that we finally race.' And, yeah, I did". "And there were moments that were like, 'who cares, you've got to try, we're here.'" Shiffrin, who even as a middle schooler at the Burke Mountain Academy in Vermont appreciated the recuperative powers of sleep, tried napping between runs. "I'm really happy to be out here".
As well she should be.
The overall World Cup holder comes into the event as the strong favourite and will bid to retain the Olympic title she secured at Sochi 2014.
American officials are anxious not to overburden Shiffrin, who would need to compete in three races in three days if she takes part in Saturday's Super-G. "The combined, meanwhile, is an alpine biathlon of sorts, in which racers must show off their technical skill-set in the slalom and their penchant for risky downhill speeds".
A large portion of the fans at Thursday's GS were decked out in Yankee attire as they cheered on the Olympics' biggest star in the first race of her second Winter Games.
The first run put Shiffrin into second place, just two-tenths of a second behind Italy's 34-year-old Manuela Moelgg. Aksel Lund Svindal first won the men's downhill becoming the oldest-ever Olympic gold medalist in Alpine skiing at the age of 35. Switzerland's Beat Feuz earned the bronze.
PYEONGCHANG, South Korea Mikaela Shiffrin placed her right glove over her heart soon after crossing the finish line, her mouth slightly agape in astonishment.
Shiffrin finished in 49.37 seconds.
Skiing second-to-last, Shiffrin knew what she had to do to catch Mowinckel, out of the start gate just two places ahead.
"But she's so in there, she can do it better than us".
"Everyone wants gold", Shiffrin said. Shiffrin could race four more times in Pyeongchang and has a shot to join elite company here. "To deal with that stretch of time was a challenge, but obviously she's a true champion and showed it today".
She acknowledged mental fatigue and took a couple of days off.
Mikaela Shiffrin reacts at the finish in the women's giant slalom at the Olympic Winter Games PyeongChang 2018 on February 15, 2018 in PyeongChang, South Korea. Skiing in her favorite discipline after already registering an Olympic start should only calm the nerves she experienced Thursday. She takes turns earlier and with more control. She paused and put her poles atop her neon helmet.
Antoine had a much better second run but still sits.91 seconds out of a medal position. And perhaps more medals to be won.
"It was marvelous", Jeff Shiffrin said.