The Two-time Olympic gold medalist recovers her form
Mikaela Shiffrin’s third attempt proved to be the charm.
The Edwards local did not take home a medal in Friday’s super-G, the third event in which he competed at these Winter Games. However, he did finish the course. First and foremost, the Alpine superstar appeared to have recovered her confidence and rhythm on the slopes, making this victory potentially more relevant over time.
In the super-G on Friday in Beijing, after being disqualified from her first two Olympic events, Shiffrin found her rhythm, skiing with the usual athletic, aggressive flow that has helped her build an increasingly untouchable World Cup resume over the better part of the previous decade.
This year’s winner ripped down the top of the 1984-meter “Rock” ski course, courageously conquering the steep ridge line portion and gleefully floating through the flat bottom section, where the race’s outcome was, to everyone’s surprise, being decided.
The first two checkpoints gave her an early lead, but she chose a wide route towards Haituo Bowl, entering the Canyon with only 0.38 seconds to make up before the cutoff time. Her time of 1:14.30 was 0.79 seconds behind than the leader and good enough for ninth place.