After the bitter disappointments of the first few days, US ski star Mikaela Shiffrin is confident about the last chances of a medal at the Olympic Winter Games in China.
In the alpine combination, in which she won Olympic silver in 2018 and gold in 2021, she is one of the favorites. Shiffrin also announced her start in the final team event.
“The number one lesson that a lot of people learn at the Olympics is that there’s no guarantee of anything,” said Shiffrin, who retired early as a gold candidate in giant slalom and slalom. In the speed disciplines Super-G and Downhill, which are less suited to her, she finished 9th and 18th.
“Every day I go to this trail I feel like I can pull off a solid run. It gives me a chance to calm my head a bit,” Shiffrin said of the downhill slope at Xiaohaituo Mountain should decide whether she even gets a chance of winning in the slalom of the combination.
Team competition as a last resort
“The events couldn’t be more different. It’s like doing two different sports in one day. That’s the biggest challenge,” said Shiffrin about her last individual start at these games.
The last opportunity to win precious metal is then in the team competition. “I’m really looking forward to the team event,” said Shiffrin. It will be a “great conclusion to this Olympic experience.” Maybe even a forgiving one.