Watch American superstar Mikaela Shiffrin win gold in the giant slalom

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According to Schiffrin's mother, Eileen, that schedule has made it impossible for the 22-year-old skier to compete in all five events that she was was planning on appearing in, and so she'll skip Saturday's super-G - which will take place on primetime Friday night for USA television audiences.

"It's never easy but it's really nice that no matter what I do from today on, I will walk away from these Olympics with something", said Shiffrin. "It's insane. There's so much emotion", Shiffrin said following her victory.

Shiffrin plans to compete in three more races during her stay in Pyeongchang.

"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". After that, Shiffrin will skip Saturday's super-G, according to her mom, because there's no time to properly prepare.

Norway's Ragnhild Mowinckel took silver, 39-hundredths behind Shiffrin. This is Shiffrin's signature event, showcasing her superb technical skiing, and the one she won at 18 years old in 2014.

The 22-year-old American standout trailed by 0.20 seconds heading into the last run, but made up ground in no time by powering through ruts that had developed on the course.

In a nail-biting contest, Svindal edged out Jansrud by 0.12 sec, with Swiss world champion Beat Feuz taking bronze in Pyeongchang.

On the World Cup circuit, Shiffrin has won six of seven slalom races, and is the overall leader by a wide margin over Switzerland's Holdener.

While Shiffrin may experience bouts of self-doubt, her competitors see only a composed and focused assassin on the course. There's not even going to be an opportunity for her.

She is also favorite in the slalom and combined (downhill and slalom) and before the Games was expected to contest all five Alpine events.

Elite athletes are happy slaves to routine, and Shiffrin was forced to deal with waking up each morning since Monday uncertain whether to put her game face on or leave it stored in the closet. "We will show you the best of us at Beijing Games".

Since women's ice hockey became part of the Olympic program in 1998, Canada and the United States have enjoyed a duopoly, playing for every gold medal except when Sweden crashed the party at the 2006 Turin Games. 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. I need to train it a lot. "There's nothing to hold back for in the second run".

An Olympic dream doesn't seem so big and daunting if you can fit it in a drawer.

"She was like, 'I can do slalom, I can do parallel, I can do downhill, ' and she was having fun", said Eileen, "but all those races and all that training caught up to her".

Friday is a new day.

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