Mikaela Shiffrin not in medal position after first Olympic slalom run

Mikaela Shiffrin not in medal position after first Olympic slalom run

She wondered if she had food poisoning.

At the 2014 Sochi Games, Shiffrin won the slalom title at age 18.

Said Brignone: "She is much stronger than the rest of us right now - not physically, but mentally, and with the way she works and prepares".

Before the day began, the 32-year-old Hansdotter could very well picture a podium that included her.

The 22-year-old trailed by 0.20 seconds following her first run, but she powered through a bumpy course on her second run to win by 0.39 seconds. It's nice to have that first run out of the way. She was fourth in 49.37. In second place and still feeling some jitters after the first of Thursday's two runs, Shiffrin did two things during the 3½ hours before the deciding leg of the GS: She took a nap, and then she sneaked onto the adjacent men's course at Yongpong Alpine Center for a little free skiing.

Frida Hansdotter will take home the gold to Sweden. Few Olympic athletes have felt more pain at the Games than Jacobellis. The 33-year-old is competing in her last Olympic Games and will be wanting to make up for lost time after injury ruled her out of the 2014 Sochi Games in Russian Federation. I guess I got through to the finish. "It's just one of those things".

Her whole Olympics are shifting now.

She resists talking about the mistake, and insists she's over it.

The Americans face the Olympic Athletes from Russian Federation on Saturday.

Shiffrin has battled with nerves and has been close to vomiting before races in the past.

Mayer broke the Norwegian straneghold on the Olympic super-G which stretches back to his countryman Hermann Maier's win in Nagano in 1998.

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Shiffrin's subpar day, however, also carries consequences.

Shiffrin has utterly dominated women's slalom, winning four of the last five World Cup season titles and the last three World Championships, as well as the gold in Sochi four years ago.

Thursday's events follow a busy week that saw Shaun White claim a gold-medal win and Mikaela Shiffrin patiently wait for windy weather to make a much anticipated debut on the slopes to win gold. Think that's why she won and Shiffrin didn't? "Nothing was tricky. Just have to move quickly like always". I had a smile on my face at the start.

Perhaps the enormity of the Olympic Games caught up with Shiffrin.

"It was kind of sudden, it kind of felt like a virus". Shiffrin did say she definitely will remain part of the field for the combined. She has also won the past three slalom world titles. At a time she could've used a noisy crowd to pump her up, nearly nobody showed up to the Yongpyong Alpine Centre.

Her team chose to pull out of Saturday's Super G race and spend the extra time preparing for the downhill, which is scheduled for next Wednesday here in Pyeongchang. And when you have two races in a row, it's really important to keep that mental energy stable.

"I'm disappointed for sure. It's definitely a bummer".

Mikaela will return to compete in the Ladies' Downhill even on February 21, as well as the Ladies' Alpine Combined on February 23.

Thursday, after the giant slalom, she said ominously, "Now, we got the ball rolling". "So today, it was like all of the tools that I have that make me feel equipped to handle whatever pressure I feel, I didn't have anymore". It's like a piece of my heart breaks off and I can never get it back.

"The downhill decision is going to be based on basically how everybody does in the training runs", she said.