American Shiffrin finally gets her gold on Olympics Day 6

American Shiffrin finally gets her gold on Olympics Day 6

"She'll just approach it the way she's always approached it: It's left-right-left-right-left-right, forget about the result". That should set her up nicely for her second run in a few hours. Federica Brignone of Italy took bronze, 0.46 behind Shiffrin's combined time of 2 minutes, 20.02 seconds. Mostly terrific on the World Cup circuit this season - winning 10 of 23 races she's entered to lead the overall standings - she stumbled in late January and failed to finish three of her last four races.

"I was like, 'This actually might happen, and I don't know what to think if it does.' You can visualize this in your head, and you can mentally prepare, and you can make the moment happen, and create your miracle".

"It was incredible to take so much risk in that second run but it's something I'm trying to do more and more with the World Cup racing".

While Shiffrin isn't on Snapchat, she is active on the other three big social media websites. Shiffrin will be shooting to beat 1:10.62, but from an unexpected opponent, Manuela Moelgg.

"She was skiing really nice and brilliant", said fourth-place finisher Viktoria Rebensburg of Germany.

But ahead of her gold medal race, there were nerves of steel and celebration as she accepted the applause of scores of fans waving the Stars and Stripes. She will defend that title Friday.

The race-time temperature at the venue was 12 degrees Fahrenheit. "The conditions are great, the weather is handsome and it's a pleasure to be racing today". She did not seem bothered whether it came in a giant slalom or slalom.

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After skiing in the slalom, Shiffrin will get a chance to take a break. Below is a schedule of Shiffrin's upcoming events and when they will be televised.

Snow was falling and wind blowing this way and that at Yongpyong on Wednesday. She won gold in the slalom - an event in which she'll race tomorrow (Friday morning in Korea, and Thursday night in the continental U.S.). "The more challenging piece, truthfully, has been flip-flopping events every day".

Added Skaardal: "We're just very, very eager to get a race off". "At this point, the hard days are just motivation for actually getting to compete". "The fact of the matter is that the British guys are fast because we're good at sliding".

Leading in short program, Sui and Han was hopeful to become the second Chinese pair to claim the Olympic gold in this event, after their coach Zhao Hongbo paring his wife Shen Xue won the title in Vancouver 2010.

"I'm kind of speechless".

"Sometimes I really fall asleep and when I wake up it feels like a new day and i have to, like, figure out where I am, " she said.