Winter Olympics Predictions: Who will win the Women's Slalom? 2/13/18

Jose Verdugo
Febrero 15, 2018

The U.S. has a great chance of moving up in the medal count on Tuesday with Shaun White and Mikaela Shiffrin going for gold.

Four years ago in Sochi, she won the slalom gold at age 18 and will attempt to defend that title on Friday. However, Mikaela's mother and coach, Eileen Shiffrin, said following Thursday's race that her daughter would no longer compete in Saturday's super-G due to the lack of preparation time.

The ski queen, whose heroes include LeBron James and Serena Williams, said: "That's when I really started to fall in love with ski racing". Plus, no Alpine skier has won more than four Olympic gold medals in a career.

American ace Mikaela Shiffrin, one of the biggest stars at the Games, gets an opportunity to shine in alpine skiing. So now we got the ball rolling. For the cross-country skiing Annika Taylor made her Olympic debut on Sunday in the Skiathlon and the 24-year-old is looking forward to an improved performance in Thursday's 10km Free race. "So to finally have the race actually happen today, I was like, 'Well, I really hope that I actually can do it when the time comes that we finally race.' And, yeah, I did", said Shiffrin, who is based in Colorado. That is something to which she is accustomed: World Cup races frequently are held on consecutive days, and twice this season she went three days in a row. For all the success of Norway's men's alpine team - the Attacking Vikings are a thing, and Axel Lund Svindal Kjetl Jansrud went 1-2 on Thursday in the Olympic downhill about 25 miles away - Mowinckel's silver is the first women's alpine medal for Norway since 1936, when Laila Schou Nilsen took bronze in the combined. "It was extremely hard", coach Mike Day told reporters. "It was an incredible feeling". "A lot of times if you're feeling good, you're slow. I don't think it gets any easier, but I think she can take a deep breath and say, 'The pressure's off a little bit.' Maybe". On race day, such practice translates to confidence. "And then there were moments where I thought 'Who cares?"

"I've not been on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook for two weeks".

"I still think everyone has some first-run jitters so what you saw there wasn't a good depiction of what we can all do", she added.

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Shiffrin said, "I know what I have to do".

That should set her up nicely for her second run in a few hours.

Joining the squad in their singing and chants was a group of about 50 unification supporters wearing hoodies with a silhouette of a unified Korean peninsula.

Germany's Viktoria Rebensburg, who won gold in Vancouver and bronze in Sochi, was eighth fastest. A routine they say was about something more than a medal.

Throughout the competition, the two groups, sitting in separate sections, sang in unison, and waved flags of unified Korea which have been so familiar at these Games.

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