After a solid run in the downhill portion of the Alpine combined event at the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics put her just 0.56-secs off the lead, Mikaela Shiffrin missed out on a medal again after failing to finish the slalom portion.
Shiffrin, 26, skied out of the slalom after losing her balance at the tenth gate. Unable to regain it, she fell over completely at the twelfth gate. Shiffrin is reigning World Champion in the event, and took silver at the 2018 Winter Olympics.
In an interview after the event, she said she “feels like a joke” and could not explain her inability to finish in three of the events she entered at the Olympics. The combined, a run each of downhill and slalom, with results based on overall time, was Shiffrin’s last individual event in Beijing.
“Sixty per cent of my DNF rate for my entire career has happened at this Olympic Games. I should probably just quit. But I’m going to go out and practise the team event.”
– Mikaela Shiffrin
Team USA’s Keely Cashman and Isabella Wright also skied out. Tricia Mangan finished 11th.
Shiffrin’s final opportunity for a medal at these games will come at the team event Saturday, which features head-to-head races in a single-elimination bracket.
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