Mikaela Shiffrin’s nightmare Beijing Olympics continued on Thursday when she tripped over a gate and fell into the snow in the women’s medley. It was the third race she failed to finish in the past two weeks.
Shiffrin showed good rhythm during the opening of the slalom, the second half of the combo event, but about 10 doors into the run, she lost her balance as she began to navigate a set of doors known as the flush.
“I didn’t feel any pressure there,” she said. “I mean, there’s always pressure, but I don’t feel it – I just feel comfortable and relaxed, like I know my plan: focus, ski well, and I made it.”
“And it still doesn’t work.”
Last week, Shiffrin failed to finish his best events in the first two races of the Olympics, the giant slalom and the slalom.
Thursday’s spinning performance in the women’s medley, Shiffrin’s last individual event in the Olympics, will be the end of the story. She was well positioned at the midpoint of the race, which was a downhill run followed by a slalom run.
What she needed next was her excellent trademark finishing, which made her a champion at the 2014 Sochi Olympics and the 2018 Pyeongchang Olympics.
But there was no magic in her performance on Thursday afternoon.
A three-medal winner in her five Olympic races prior to the Beijing Olympics, Shiffrin has failed to reach the podium in any of her last five Olympic races.
Michelle Gisin of Switzerland won the race on Thursday, defending the Olympic title she won in the combined competition at the 2018 Pyeongchang Olympics. Silver went to her teammate Wendy Holdener. , who was just one hundredth of a second behind Gisen in the first downhill part of the race but 1.06 seconds behind Gisin in the second slalom run. It was Holdener’s fourth Olympic medal.
Federica Brignone of Italy won the bronze medal. Last week, she won a silver medal in the giant slalom.
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