Olympics 2022 | US star Shiffrin cries bitter tears of disappointment

Mikaela Shiffrin kept closing her eyes or making short pauses when speaking, but then she couldn’t hold back the tears.

“It’s not the end of the world,” said the ski superstar after the next debacle at the Olympic Games in China. “But I think I have to question a lot now.” After her early exit in the giant slalom, the American also made a mistake in the first run of the slalom and was already out after a few goals. With her head hanging and an incredulous expression, the 26-year-old sat next to the track for a few minutes before she went to the interviews.

Within just three days, the long-time alpine dominator in Yanqing has already missed two big chances for a medal. She probably still has the biggest one in the combination. She announced that she would try to press the reset button again. “Maybe I’ll do better this time,” she said. Even if you don’t know exactly how.

Shiffrin won Olympic gold in the 2014 slalom

Shiffrin, normal constancy in person, does not know such situations. “Of course there’s a lot of pressure, but that wasn’t the biggest issue today,” she said. “I wanted to take the most aggressive line,” she analyzed her short run. Maybe she overdid it with her attack. “I started with a strong mentality – then I was out,” she said. “It’s disappointing.”

The slalom is Shiffrin’s absolute parade discipline. In addition to Olympic gold in 2014, she has already won four World Championships and 47 World Cup victories – more than any other ski ace in a discipline. “That doesn’t take anything away from her still outstanding career. This one race doesn’t change that,” said her compatriot Lindsey Vonn to the NBC TV channel about Shiffrin’s end in the slalom.

With 82 World Cup victories, Vonn, who retired in 2019, is the only one ahead of Shiffrin (73) in the all-time list of women’s best. They each have three medals at the Olympics – Shiffrin has two gold medals, and Vonn has one. If Shiffrin wants another one in China, she has to catch herself again quickly.


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