Mikaela Shiffrin Takes Gold Medal in Giant Slalom

After the First Run, Mikaela Shiffrin Ahead of Her Rivals

With all the skiers having made their first runs, Mikaela Shiffrin was in strong position in the women’s giant slalom.

Shiffrin put up the second best time, 0.20 behind the unexpected Italian Manuela Moelgg. But she outskied all her main rivals for the gold medal.

“I can go harder in the second run,” Shiffrin said. “And there’s nothing to hold back in the second run.”

Shiffrin had a very strong run, especially early, but had a little bobble late and did not finish spectacularly. Still, 0.20 should be well within her range to make up on the second run, especially against a skier like Moelgg, who has never won a World Cup event.

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Most important, Shiffrin had an 0.63 lead on Viktoria Rebensburg, and Tessa Worley skied poorly and was out of the running. The main threat is likely to be Federica Brignone of Italy, who sits 0.09 behind Shiffrin in third.

Shiffrin said she expected a very aggressive, hard-charging second run.

It has been a long wait for Shiffrin’s first performance of these Games thanks to wind delays. She did not seem bothered whether it came in a giant slalom or slalom. “I’ve been

Article source: https://www.nytimes.com/2018/02/14/sports/olympics/mikaela-shiffrin-giant-slalom.html

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