In a stunning result, Mikaela Shiffrin failed to clear more than a handful of turns in the women’s slalom on Wednesday and was disqualified from her second race this week at the Beijing Olympics.
Shiffrin, a two-time Olympic champion who was due to compete for several gold medals in Beijing, had problems in her race almost from the start with her feet and arms out of sync and the gates seeming to come at her faster than she could. react.
After four gates she was up but out of the course and unable to negotiate a fifth gate. She skied to the edge of the trail and sat down, her head resting on her knees. A few minutes later, she was still on the side of the mountain.
Shiffrin won the slalom at the 2014 Olympics and has dominated the event since, winning more World Cup slalom races, 47, than any other runner, male or female.
She also fell and skied off the course in the giant slalom on Monday, another event in which she was expected to fight for a gold medal.
Shiffrin has spent the past few weeks talking at length about all the outside obstacles that could prevent him from having success at these Games. She tested positive for the coronavirus in December and was dreading all the logistical issues getting to China and the pandemic living protocols at the Olympics.
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During her first days here, she often talked about the wind and the randomness of what could happen on a gusty mountain. But none of those factors came into play here. She didn’t mention anything about nerves that might have made her last eight gates in two combined races.
Shiffrin, a three-time Olympic medalist, is still scheduled to compete in the women’s super-G on Friday as well as the downhill and alpine combined.
This article originally appeared in The New York Times.
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