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Mikaela Shiffrin’s downfall in giant slalom will stick with her – San Bernardino Sun

By ANDREW DAMPF

BEIJING – Mikaela Shiffrin won’t soon forget what happened Monday during her first race at the Beijing Olympics. The pass went poorly to five doors, and just seconds, to defend her 2018 gold medal in the giant slalom. Slip and fall on her hip. Sliding doors meant she finished early in the opening of the two-leg event.

The first “DNF” – “Not Over” – next to her name on any GS results sheet for more than four years, a series consisting of 30 races.

It’s not simply how rare mistakes are. It’s about her sting.

“I will never get over this,” Shiffrin said Monday, her voice even, after slowly making her way to the end of a course called The Ice River at Yanqing Alpine Ski Center. “I’ve never gotten over anything.”

That’s what happens when a successful athlete like Shiffrin, a 26-year-old American, owns three Winter Olympics medals – including a gold pair – three world championship titles and six championships. world. Outstanding misses.

She talked about “how much it hurt” and how “heartbreaking” it was when she didn’t finish a giant slalom on January 23, 2018, during the Kronplatz World Cup stop in San Vigilio di Marebbe , Italy – the last time she didn’t finish the GS, it came three weeks before she won the gold medal at the Pyeongchang Olympics. She also mentioned a slalom mistake before that Olympics. And a defeat six years ago in another race.

“That’s what drives me to keep working and improving, so I can try to keep those things from happening. But they still happen sometimes and, unfortunately, it happened today,” said Shiffrin, who is due to race again Wednesday in slalom, the race she won at the age of 18 at the Olympics. Sochi 2014 said. “I feel like there’s a lot to look forward to, but, now we need to reset.”

The giant slalom is the first women’s Alpine race on the schedule in Beijing – Shiffrin plans to take part all year – and she’s hardly the only rider to have problems. The second continues without her; In total, 19 of the first 80 starts could not be completed.

Sweden’s Sara Hector – who leads the GS rankings this season – is in first place with a first leg time of 57.56 seconds, followed by Austria’s Katharina Truppe with 57.86 and Italy’s Federica Brignone with 57 ,98.

“It’s not easy, but I like it when it’s not easy,” said Brignone, the bronze medalist behind Shiffrin four years ago. “It’s not easy, because when you push too much, you slip. When you don’t push, you slide. ”

Italy’s Marta Bassino, who won the World Cup’s colossal slalom title last season and went two places ahead of Shiffrin on Monday, fell on his left hip, slipping and spinning.

Shiffrin, from Colorado, was the seventh racer to come out of the starting gate, lost control when she reached a left turn gate and was later blamed for “trying to push it” and described her skiing there. is “almost anxious.”

She tried to adjust herself but couldn’t.

Finally, she got up, stopped on the side of the slope, shoved a stake in the snow and put her hands on her hips.

“It’s hard to know,” she said later, “how it will play out for the rest of the run. … It’s like, ‘Well, yeah, basically, the day’s over, before it even started.’ “

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