"It was not my best, but it was OK", she said.
The 22-year-old had a highly successful Games with a giant slalom gold and a silver in the combined, even if there was some disappointment with fourth in her defense of the slalom title she won as a teenager in Sochi four years ago.
The Russians have a good shot at winning their first gold medal of the Pyeongchang Olympics when teenager figure skaters Alina Zagitova and Evgenia Medvedeva take the ice for the women's free skate.
So let the party begin in their hometown of Engelberg, Switzerland. Shiffrin has won 41 races on the World Cup.
Eagle-Vail's Mikaela Shiffrin, at 22 years of age, ran the slalom course in a brisk 40.52 - the second-fastest time to Switzerland's Wendy Holdener - and made up nearly all of the ground, finishing second in the combined to Swiss skier Michelle Gisin by 0.97 seconds.
The last race on the Alpine side will be Saturday with the team event making its Olympic debut. The other was 1988, when Brigitte Oertli (silver) and Maria Walliser (bronze) accomplished the feat. And I know that he's gonna help me. In the combined, skiers race the slalom in reverse order of finish in the downhill, meaning Shiffrin would be sixth from last and Vonn last. I'm not going to be nervous.
Gisin really didn't know how to celebrate after crossing the finish line. The curveballs weren't limited to the schedule: her boyfriend, the French skier Mathieu Faivre, was sent home after badmouthing his team-mates, an odd episode that no doubt entered her mind at a time when clarity was paramount. She described the location as "right by the men's downhill start". She also posed in Sports Illustrated's Swimsuit issue.
It was a case of emotional overload.
"Get more experience of my World Cup venues, just get more experience on my speed skis, to get more comfortable with that speed", she said. Here we go. The hype machine pumped her up as the Michael Phelps of winter.
Big sister to the rescue. "Usually, I'm really chaotic, but I wanted to take in every little detail, every particular in the morning".
But maybe the most impressive thing Shiffrin did was lose with grace.
"The most hard part of the day was to overcome myself and overcome the fear that always comes to you and creeps in if you have a crash".
However, Vonn went off the course in the slalom session after straddling a gate about 10 seconds into her run, meaning she could not add to the bronze medal she claimed in the downhill a day earlier. Short of that, even a clean run would practically guarantee a spot on the podium after building such a big lead due to her captivating, first-place downhill run. But lately, the slalom has been baffling Gisin. It was almost a flawless run.
"I knew I would have to show the slalom of my life to have a chance to get that medal and to get that gold medal". "I think I'll need to have time to myself and look behind me and look how I've been able to do this". I believed in myself.
Holdener had a nice run, too.
Gisin , lying third fastest after the opening downhill, displayed nerves of steel in the slalom to clock an aggregate time of 2min 20.90sec.