Mikaela Shiffrin Dominates Second Giant Slalom Run, Takes Home Gold


PYEONGCHANG, South Korea - It appears the skiing world has finally found the secret to slow Mikaela Shiffrin in her marquee technical events: weather.

The women's slalom was scheduled to take place from 10:15 a.m. Wednesday at Yongpyong Alpine Centre in PyeongChang, 180 kilometers east of Seoul.

Hailed a "phenom" even before winning her first Winter Olympic gold, Shriffin could yet become the first Alpine skier to win more than four Olympic gold medals in a career. And not just in slalom, the discipline that the 22-year-old has dominated for half a decade.

"No, we didn't try anything", she said.

Many figure skaters in the men's short program have already medaled in PyeongChang, so everyone's expecting a competitive show.

On her first pass through the course, Shiffrin described the snow as "chattery" in the middle section, meaning she - along with everyone else - was in for a bumpy ride.

He knows it better than anyone alive. She clinched it with a brilliant final run.

Canada clinched the top spot in pool play by beating the United States 2-1 in what could be a preview of the gold-medal game. Entering the second run, she trailed Switzerlands Wendy Holdener by 0.48 seconds, not an insurmountable margin by any means, but also not her preferred position.

Mursak, Slovenia's only player with National Hockey League experience, scored with goaltender Gasper Kroselj pulled for the extra attacker with 1:37 left in the third period and scored the victor 38 seconds into overtime. The last Swiss to claim an Olympic medal in women's slalom was Schneider with her win in 1994.

Friday morning offered a stern reminder for Shiffrin and the world just how hard this medal pursuit could be, how hard it will be to leave Pyeongchang with a suitcase full of gold.

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"I think everyone had some first-run jitters", Shiffrin said.

"I was watching all these girls go down in the second run and attacking", Shiffrin said.

The start of Mikaela Shiffrin's bid for multiple medals at the 2018 Olympics was delayed yet again when the women's slalom was postponed from Wednesday to Friday because of strong winds. I think with this a lot of pressure from the outside can come.

Ahead of the Games there was speculation the talented all-rounder could target five golds in Pyeongchang, but hours after her win, Shiffrin's mother and coach, Eileen, confirmed to CNN that her daughter would not be competing in Saturday's super-G. We're battling a little bit of fatigue from going up and down the gondola every day and the excitement of getting ready to race and the disappointment of not getting to race.

Jan Mursak scored the tying goal in the final minutes of regulation and the victor in overtime as Slovenia came back to stun the United States 3-2.