Hectic schedule ends Mikaela Shiffrin’s bid for five gold medals
Mikaela Shiffrin claimed her first gold medal of the Games on Thursday, but her bid to pick up five in Pyeongchang has been ended due to a backlogged schedule.
The American skier took giant slalom gold after finishing 0.39 seconds ahead of Norway’s Ragnhild Mowinckel, and she is favourite to win Friday’s slalom as well.
The 22-year-old will also compete for combined and downhill glory, though her mother and coach, Eileen, confirmed she will miss out on Saturday’s Super-G event.
“She will have raced and trained – or tried to race – for six days in a row,” Eileen Shiffrin told USA Today. “She has to have a day off.”
“It’s not a big goal anyway. We have speed girls who can race Super-G. She wanted to have shot at the hill and see how she would stack up against the speed girls, and then the coaches would choose the fastest people to go.
“There’s not even going to be an opportunity for her. We’re just going to get her a day of rest and then go do the downhill and combined.”
Shiffrin is the defending Olympic champion going into Friday’s slalom, and you can watch her bid for a third gold on Eurosport.