Mikaela Shiffrin's pursuit of five gold medals at the Pyeongchang Games is over, as the giant slalom victor will skip Saturday's Super-G event after two postponements led to a compressed skiing schedule for competitors.
She earned the right to stand tallest on the medals' podium with a combined time of 2.20.02 and was nearly half a second better than silver medalist.
Mikaela Shiffrin's pursuit of gold at the Pyeongchang Olympics will start on a different day than everyone expected - and in a different event, the slalom, which is her forte.More news: FY2018 EPS Estimates for Premium Brands Holdings Corp (PBH) Boosted by Analyst
After sitting in 26th place following the downhill portion of the race where he battled headwinds, the 33-year-old tech specialist delivered a blistering slalom run in the second leg to secure fifth place, 1.45 seconds behind victor Marcel Hirscher of Austria.
With her first triumph, Shiffrin passed Austria's Annemarie Moser-Pröll for the most victories (42) before age 23, and with two more gold medals, Shiffrin would tie Croatia's Janica Kostelic for the most all time among female alpine skiers. "I put a lot of fight into the second run and it's an incredible feeling".
"We had the race today and that's definitely giving me an extra boost of adrenalines, and hopefully I can take that into [slalom]".More news: SeaCrest Wealth Management LLC Takes Position in Paypal Holdings Inc (PYPL)
This time around in South Korea, there is zero doubt that Shiffrin is the slalom star with the biggest target on her back.
In many ways, today was just the opening act for Shiffrin. "And now we've been race-ready for the past, basically, five days in a row. But we're in good shape". The rearranged races will steal an off day from Shiffrin and leave her with little time, if any, for fresh training in the super-G leading to the race. "She'll just approach it the way she's always approached it: It's left-right-left-right-left-right, forget about the result".
"I still think everyone had some first-run jitters". The New York Jewish Week reported in 2014 that the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association said Shiffrin has "some very distant heritage [but] is not connected to the Jewish community". Shiffrin, though, isn't yet sure if she'll be doing all five. The 29-year-old became the first biathlete to defend the Olympic pursuit title.More news: John 'Tito' Francona, father of former Red Sox manager, dies at 84
During the 2016-17 season, she suffered severe anxiety and revealed she would vomit before races and suffer from stomach cramps. She skis the slalom on Friday.