Mikaela Shiffrin has underlined her favorite role for the combination.
The American was the fastest in the last downhill training for the alpine duel on Wednesday. Thursday’s competition (10:30/14:00 EST, 3:30/7:00 CET) is Shiffrin’s last chance for an individual medal at the Beijing Olympics.
In the test run for the first sub-discipline, the 26-year-old was a proud 0.93 seconds ahead of the two-time world champion Wendy Holdener (Switzerland). Alongside her teammate Michelle Gisin, Holdener is considered Shiffrin’s fiercest rival.
Petra Vlhova (Slovakia), second behind Shiffrin at the recent World Cup, has already left after her Olympic victory in slalom. There are no German athletes, only 14 runners started in training on Wednesday.