Despite her crash in giant slalom on Monday, Mikaela Shiffrin will still have her eye on a piece of US Winter Olympics history when she hits the slopes again on Wednesday.
With the 26-year-old skier set to compete in all five individual skiing events, Shiffrin hopes to become the first American skier to win three medals in a single Games.
Although she is widely regarded as the most dominant skier of her generation – and will go down as one of the greatest of all time when she retires – even winning a medal is by no means case a certainty, given the quality of his opposition.
Shiffrin will be among the gold medal contenders in the combined – an event in which she won silver four years ago in Pyeongchang and also won the World Championships last year – although the DNF of Monday in giant slalom is proof that nothing is taken for granted in alpine skiing.
The Colorado native also created an interesting pre-Olympic ride before Beijing, beating heavy favorite Petra Vlhova in the slalom in Schladming, Austria.
It was a record 47th World Cup slalom victory for Shiffrin, who became the skier with the most wins in a single World Cup discipline, breaking the previous record of 46 giant slalom wins by Swedish legend Ingemar Stenmark.
The victory was certainly a shock, as Vlhova had dominated the slalom this season with five wins and two second places.
The postponement of three of the five events in Pyeongchang due to high winds forced Shiffrin to withdraw from super-G and downhill and the compact schedule impacted his preparation for slalom, causing him to miss out sorely. a medal for fourth place.
However, if external factors allow it in Beijing, Shiffrin should have a legitimate shot at winning a trio of medals.
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