She got stronger and stronger along the course, with the crowd cheering her on. First-run leader Wendy Holdener of Switzerland was second and Katharina Gallhuber of Austria earned a surprise bronze.
Confronted with weather-related delays that pushed back the start of her 2018 Winter Games. the American ski star captured the keen mental edge it takes to ski on the edge, but not beyond, to win Olympic gold in the women's giant slalom. She was fourth in 49.37.
"It was kind of sudden, it kind of felt like a virus".
American Mikaela Shiffrin celebrated by using a hard-charging final run to win the womens giant slalom Thursday.
Her mother said the nervousness was due to challenges in finding adequate training time prior to the season and to overcome her anxiety she began working with a sports psychologist.
"I think it helped me and has the potential to help Mikaela because she is so mentally tough", Miller said.
Shiffrin sank to her knees and sobbed tears of joy before hugging her coach as Italy's Manuela Moelgg, running last of the gold medal contenders, failed to reproduce the form that saw her pip the favorite in the morning.
"There are a lot of reasons". I could never imagine myself even in the same sentence as Michael Phelps. "It's life. You live and you learn". "We have a great gym and space to eat and take plenty of naps, so I'll use this time to recharge".
Team USA's Brittany Bowe competed to a fourth place finish in the women's 1000m speedskating with a time of 1:14.36.
Before you tune in to the Women's Alpine Skiing Olympic coverage tonight (live at 8 p.m. EST on NBC), you may want to know a little more about one of the event's top competitors, Mikaela Shiffrin. The 22-year-old finished fifth in the giant slalom at the 2014 Winter Olympics and boldly stated that there was no way she was going to finish fifth in 2018.
A few anxious moments later, it became official: Hansdotter - Olympic slalom champion. Hansdotter is seventh in the overall standings with less than half of Shiffrin's points.
"It was OK, a bit conservative", she said of her first run. More influential than that, she thought, was the inability to properly modulate her emotions after that victory in the opening women's Alpine event.