Published: Sat, February 17, 2018
Culture&Arts | By Laurence Reese

Sneak Peak of tonight's Olympic events on KVOA

Sneak Peak of tonight's Olympic events on KVOA

First one race was postponed. Shiffrin, who became the youngest Olympic athlete to win the gold in the slalom event when she did at the 2014 Games at age 18, could become the first repeat gold victor in the slalom event in Olympics history.

With her victory on Thursday, Shiffrin is now the third American skier in history to win two Olympic golds, joining Andrea Mead Lawrence and Ted Ligety.

"She will have raced and trained - or tried to race - for six days in a row", Eileen Shiffrin said.

Sure was. And sure did.

Shiffrin has publicly committed to skiing only GS and slalom.

Just a day after winning gold in the giant slalom, Mikaela Shiffrin could only manage fourth place in the event she has come to dominate.

No American Alpine skier has won more. Coming here and skiing the way that I did, really conservative, was a huge, huge disappointment.

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Her personal story gets to evolve now, too.

"I was just standing in the start with a smile on my face", Hansdotter said.

As well she should be.

Superstars were on display this week, as Shaun White claimed his third career Olympic gold medal in the men's halfpipe and Mikaela Shiffrin picked up a gold of her own in the women's giant slalom.

Holdener, who has never won a World Cup slalom race, is hoping to add to her medal count. She is not expected to compete again until February 21 for the downhill, and finish up her 2018 run at the alpine on February 23.

There will no medal ceremony to worry about on Friday night, and Shiffrin now has some time to rest before she resumes her hunt for a second Pyeongchang medal.

Hansdotter's combined time from the two legs was one minute 38.63 leaving her just 0.05 seconds ahead of Switzerland's Wendy Holdener, who had led after a brilliant first leg run. "And today is no different than that", she said. That is when you start thinking, this is so much fun, I just love - and then you fill in the blank. There are seven racers all within a second of Holdener. This time, Mayer edged Switzerland's Beat Feuz and Norway's Kjetil Jansrud. "But going into this Olympics, I thought yeah, I could come away with multiple medals".

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After days of waiting because of weather delays, Shiffrin made her debut here with a strong first run that placed her second, .20 of a second behind Italy's Manuela Moelgg.

"But I'm looking forward to the second run". "She's so in there and she can do it better than us".

That last part is key to appreciating the way Shiffrin regrouped and performed in a race originally slated for Monday. She skis the slalom on Friday. But her "mental coach" is urging her to remember.

In other words, Koreans had more important stuff to do than watch Shiffrin dance down the mountain through the slalom gates.

Mikaela Shiffrin had less than 24 hours to match Mead Lawrence's feat.

Shiffrin, who won the giant slalom the day before, was asked in an NBC interview about throwing up before stepping into the starting gate to start her slalom run. "To me, it was far more free". She paused and put her poles atop her neon helmet.

The team says they no longer have symptoms of the virus and should compete in their events.

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"I love slalom but G-S (giant slalom) is something I have this love-hate relationship with", said Shiffrin.

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