Saturday, 15 December, 2018

Mikaela Shiffrin Keeps The Gold Streak Going For America

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Frederick Owens | 16 February, 2018, 04:19

The sun was out and the wind muted. And we're finally racing today.

Mikaela Shiffrin has great form. Shiffrin can stand alone, adding another gold, with a victory in the slalom, Friday morning in South Korea (Thursday night in the U.S.). That experience really helped me this year, knowing ahead of time what it was going to be like, what the pressure was going to be like. "The weather is attractive and it's a pleasure to be racing today".

Moelgg, who went out first, was more than mindful of Shiffrin's threat.

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. She started with a 0.37-second lead over Mowinckel, increased that to 0.87 seconds near the bottom and then wobbled on one gate, losing more than half that cushion before crossing the finish line.

After that, she'll try to make it four golds by competing in the downhill and the combined. She's been dating Mathieu Faivre, a 26-year-old World Cup Skiier from France, for several months.

Moelgg's teammate, Federica Brignone, was in third position and remains within striking distance, just 0.29 seconds back. She's one of the most decorated women in the sport of snowboarding, except at the Olympics. Swiss skier Lara Gut fell on the hill and slid into a row of photographers off to the side. The next race, the slalom, she was like, 'I don't care how hard it's blowing or what way it's blowing, I just want to race.' Today she was charged up.

Shiffrin vegged in front of the television, primarily tuned to Korean shows, so not to be bothered with the dialogue, especially if anyone was talking about her. After the attack, considered the sixth school shooting to injure or kill students in the US this year, several lawmakers called for gun control and criticized congressional inaction on gun issues.

"I do it at every race", Shiffrin said. "I think that was very comforting for me". Luckily we stayed awake to monitor the fun. I told Chris today he'd need to be so much stronger than me.

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"The conditions are great, the weather is attractive and Im excited to see what I can do".

Also keep an eye out for Faye Gulini, an experienced snowboarder who is competing in her third Winter Olympics.

Last night's XXIII Winter Olympics on NBC were a bit of the best of times and the worst of times, as Charles Dickens once said.

"It's going to be a challenge having all these races now back to back to back", said Day. Their struggles on the ice Thursday mainly stemmed from Chris falling twice on jumps, and some uncoordinated spins.

"It's not a big goal anyway", she noted. And perhaps more medals to be won. "That was the highlight of the program, unfortunately".

Aksel Lund Svindal made history on Thursday by becoming the oldest alpine skier to win Olympic gold and his country's first in the speed discipline. It was 34 degrees Fahrenheit (1 degree Celsius) under sunshine and blue skies broken up by a few wispy clouds. "It's so much better than it was a couple days ago". Shiffrin could race four more times in Pyeongchang and has a shot to join elite company here. "There's like 15 girls whose skiing is good enough to win giant slalom". "Im just happy that I could put together two runs".

Germany's Viktoria Rebensburg was the highest-ranked giant slalom racer in the world and won gold in the event at the 2010 Olympics and bronze in Sochi.

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