Mikaela Shiffrin wins Olympic gold in giant slalom

Mikaela Shiffrin wins Olympic gold in giant slalom

Mikaela Shiffrin wins Olympic gold in giant slalom

For Mikaela Shiffrin, it was worth the wait.

After days of weather delays - thanks to the particularly windy conditions in South Korea - the 22-year-old won gold in the women's giant slalom. Then wicked weather that could turn Yukon Cornelius into a homebody doing jigsaw puzzles by the fire made Shiffrin's plan seem downright stupid, with wind postponing her Olympic debut by 72 hours, pushing back the giant slalom and slalom races into a tightly compacted schedule certain to strain both her legs and mind.

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She said she was a little drained after all the interviews and other commitments that followed her win in the giant slalom on Thursday. Despite PyeongChang being her fourth Winter Olympics, the 32-year-old has only earned one silver Olympic medal.

The second run is scheduled for 11:15 EST, which is 1:15 p.m.in Korea. She took a few days off, then came early to PyeongChang to practice, practice, practice.

Shiffrin has publicly committed to skiing only GS and slalom.

"You can push into it so hard, it feels like perfect" on top, she said.

In an attempt to ease the pressure of expectation, Shiffrin told reporters she had not been on social media for a couple of weeks. She didn't fall into a deep sleep this time, but said, "For me, that's one of my favorite times during a race day is when I can like lie down and take a deep breath and get ready for the next run". All eyes were on Shiffrin, especially after a January swoon cast just a bit of uncertainty on what she might be able to do here. "But, yeah, we'll see".

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But her love for the sport grew when her family moved to New Hampshire and she joined the ski team at the Burke Mountain Academy.

Shiffrin's mother said skipping the Super-G isn't a big deal, however. The second run is later Friday.

"It was certainly not normal preparation, but I also knew going into these Olympics that it's not normal races, it's not normal preparation, so I have to be prepared for anything", Shiffrin said. "Smiling and waving while my heart is breaking is one of the hardest things I've ever done", Zhou said in an Instagram post.

But gusting winds that forced the postponements of the alpine skiing could have complicated her quest to medal in potentially five events.

Meanwhile, Moelgg's fellow Italian Federica Brignone was third fastest in 1:10.91, just over half a second quicker than Norways Ragnhild Mowinckel with another Italian, Marta Bassino fifth.

"But she's so in there, she can do it better than us".

Shiffrin's absence could free up a spot for Victor, Idaho, skier Breezy Johnson, who is likely to ski in Wednesday's downhill race alongside American superstars Shiffrin and Lindsey Vonn. I am capable of so much more.

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