Two-Time Olympic Gold Medallist Mikaela Shiffrin’s Olympic Giant Slalom campaign in Beijing was over as quickly as it began. The 26-year-old superstar from Colorado seemed to be on impeccable form in the leadup to the 2022 Olympic Winter Games, with Giant Slalom World Cup wins in Soelden, Austria, and Courchevel, France earlier this season.
Shiffrin started the Beijing Giant Slalom 7th and was preceded by fantastic skiing from Sweden’s Sara Hector and Italy’s Frederica Brignone.
Shiffrin started her run strong, but a right-footed turn early in the run would cause issues for the reigning Giant Slalom Olympic Champion from the PyeongChang 2018 Games. Despite an early and seemingly strong initiation, Shiffrin lost her outside edge in the exit of the turn and fell to her hip. ‘Really awful timing of a really frustrating mistake’ stated Shiffrin on an Instagram Story posted after the race.
Nina O’Brien and Paula Moltzan, also from the US Ski Team, found themselves in the top 30 after the first run. Shiffrin will shift her focus to the Slalom competition on February 9th.
Full race result and analysis to follow