Mikaela Shiffrin Skis Out of Slalom in Alpine Combined – Her Last Individual Event at the Beijing Olympics
(BEIJING) — Mikaela Shiffrin skied out in the Alpine combined on Thursday and once again was unable to finish a race at the Beijing Olympics.
She will leave the 2022 Games without an individual medal after participating in all five women’s events.
The 26-year old American was not only unsuccessful in her attempt to go 0-5, but also she failed to even complete the three remaining races.
Shiffrin came in fifth place in Thursday’s downhill, but did not finish the run in the afternoon slalom.
The combined silver and gold medals were hers four years ago.
She came to China as one of the biggest stars in winter sports and already the owner of two Olympic gold medals — from the slalom in 2014 and the giant slalom in 2018.
However, her China trip began with an error about five seconds into the second run of the giant two-leg slalom. Then she made another mistake after the second run of the giant two-leg Slalom.
She is the proud owner of three World Cup overall titles. On Friday, she was ninth in super-G. Tuesday saw her finish 18th in downhill. These were her Olympic debuts at these disciplines.
Shiffrin said that she intends to participate in the Saturday team event. The Alpine calendar in Beijing is now closed.
The slalom course was set by Mike Day, Shiffrin’s main coach with the U.S. ski team — the result of a random draw.
Shiffrin’s best event for years has been the slalom.
The 18-year-old won a gold medal for that discipline at the Sochi Olympics. She has 47 World Cup Slalom victory records, more than any other racer.
Report by Andrew Dampf (AP Sports Writer) and Daniella Matear (AP Sports Writers).