Mikaela Shiffrin arrives at the Beijing Olympics with the goal of competing in five events. She did, even though she had no bigger ambitions of her own by not finishing three races and finishing 9th and 18th ahead of the other two.
She is currently competing for Team USA in her sixth event on Sunday, the only mixed-sex sledding event at the Winter Olympics. This was Shiffrin’s last chance to win a medal at this Games.
Shiffrin and her US teammates advanced to the semi-finals of the event after defeating Slovakia and Italy.
The event, which takes place for the second time at an Olympics, is like the parallel slalom, where skiers go head-to-head on identical tracks. Two women and two men from each country competed, each country racing against an opponent of the same sex. A team advances to the next round if it wins three of these races; If the two teams tie 2-2, the winner is the team with the best total time out of its four skiers.
In the quarterfinals against Italy, the United States won, 3-1, after Shiffrin lost the race by just two hundredths of a second.
The event is meant to be a celebration of skiing rather than an intense individual battle for medals, although it could provide a happier ending to Shiffrin’s Beijing Olympics journey.
But on Thursday, after being knocked out third in an individual race, she was thinking about how did it go wrong.
“Right now,” Shiffrin said, “I just feel like a joke.”
Shiffrin heads to Beijing to win multiple medals in a career that already has two golds and one silver, the next step in her quest to become the most decorated skier to ever compete in the international arena. . Instead, her journey to becoming a superstar is looked into the abyss: two DNFs (unfinished) in slalom and giant slalom, followed by finishing 9th and 18th in super- G and downhill, and then the final DNF on Thursday combined.
On Twitter, Shiffrin shared some of the angry messages she received after her disappointing performance. But in a video posted to the websiteshe says she just ignores people who try to shake her confidence.
“You can choose to embrace them, stay with them, and let them make you want to retire, let them make you want to disappear and never be seen again,” she said. “Or you can just say, ‘Hey, I have a great sense of humour, and I have so much more to offer the world, so step back and let me do my thing.’ And I think a lot of you are probably experiencing these hate messages, I think a lot of you have that fire inside of you, so you guys just keep going. “
https://www.nytimes.com/2022/02/19/sports/olympics/mikaela-shiffrin-mixed-team-skiing.html Mikaela Shiffrin competes in an ultimate race, mixed team event