Mikaela Shiffrin (Eagle-Vail, CO) skied to fifth Tuesday during her first-ever Olympic appearance at the women’s giant slalom of the 2014 Sochi Olympic Winter Games. Heavy rain pelted the 18-year-old World Champion during her second run, but she reigned in a world-class performance to land in the top five behind gold winner Tina Maze of Slovenia. The race will be featured on NBC’s Primetime Olympic coverage Tuesday at 8:00 p.m. EST and can be streamed in its entirety at NBCOlympics.com. The men are set to ski giant slalom on Wednesday Feb. 19, when four-time World Cup champion Ted Ligety (Park City, UT) will look to win his first Olympic medal for giant slalom.
Photo by Cody Downard
Mikaela quotes about her Olympic performance, ‘I wanted a gold, but I think this was meant to happen. It’s something that I’ll learn from. Next Olympics I go to, I’m sure as heck not getting fifth”.
She continues, “I was really thinking that my first GS win would be at the Olympics, and that would be such a cool thing to accomplish. It’s just something that I accept. I got fifth today, and there were four girls who skied better than I did”.
“It wasn’t necessarily the worst-case scenario. The visibility was better than I thought it was going to be, and the conditions were really good for how much it’s precipitating. I think it was a pretty fair race, and I’m just really in awe of the top three girls. And also the fourth girl, she was ahead of me, too”.
Mikaela representing American in her red, white and blue at Sochi!
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