Mikaela Shiffrin finds confidence back in Super-G
Mikaela Shiffrin finds confidence: The two-time Olympic gold medalist rediscovers her rhythm. The third time was the attraction for Mikaela Shifrin.
There were no medals in Friday’s Super-G, the third event at these Winter Games for an Edwards local, but there was an end. Most importantly, the Alpine superstar appeared to renew his confidence and rhythm on the slopes, perhaps a more meaningful victory in the long run.
After disqualification in his first two Olympic events, Shiffrin found his groove on Super-G Friday in Beijing, skiing more with trademark athleticism, aggressive fluidity, which has spent the better part of the last decade on an increasingly untouchable World Cup resume. has done.
The 26-year-old ripped the top of the 1984-metre “Rock” ski course, fearlessly attacking part of the steep ridge line and happily drifting through the flat bottom section, where the race was being wonderfully scheduled.
He had an early lead after the first two fours, but opted for a wide route to go into the Haituo Bowl, entering the canyon with 0.38 seconds. Her time of 1:14.30 was 0.79 from the lead, which was good for ninth. (Mikaela Shiffrin finds confidence)
Although known for her slalom skills, Shiffrin has had success in the Super-G in the past, winning a gold medal at the 2019 World Championships. At the 2021 championships, she earned a bronze in the event.
She entered the competition with the most ever speed event Olympic medals, but it was clear Friday was more about regaining her confidence. Though hungry for more, Shifrin smiled and greeted Lara Gut-Behrami in the leader’s chair at the bottom.
Notably absent from the start list was Italy’s Sofia Goggia. The downhill specialist is still trying to recover from a knee injury Cortina suffered in January. After two training runs on Thursday morning, he decided to drop out of Super-G. The defending downhill gold medalist told Gazzetta dello Sport, “I can’t guarantee anything, not even my participation in the downhill. I cried all morning, the pressure is huge.”
Arguably the other skier, Ester Ledeka looked sharp in her attempt to defend her Olympic title. Even though she has competed in only three Super-G events this season, with a best finish of eighth place, she posted 1:13.94 to set the starting standard.
Her hopes of a repeat quickly vanished, however, as Austrian Mirjam Puchner bettered the mark on the very next run. As more athletes took to the course, it was clear that Puchner had discovered the secret to riding the canyon. (Mikaela Shiffrin finds confidence)
A pattern of riders headed to the top of the course and then bewildered at the end – after losing time to Puchner’s split in Gliding Canyon – quickly emerged.
Defending World Champion and World Cup winner in the discipline Lara Gut-Behrami also gained time at the top of the hill. He broke the canyon code, though, which was enough to at least steal the lead from Puchner. In the end, it was good enough to sleep. Puchner won the silver and Gut-Behrami’s Swiss teammate Michel Gisin took the bronze.
The Italians entered the Games dominating the World Cup Super-G circuit, winning six out of seven races. Most of the eyes were on Federica Brignone, the winner of three of them and the current discipline’s points leader.
After the second division, the Italian trailed by 0.49 seconds. Despite fighting for seconds, the four-time Olympian couldn’t do enough at the bottom of the course, falling off the podium to finish seventh. (Mikaela Shiffrin finds confidence)
Following her disqualification in giant slalom and slalom, Shiffrin issued a statement through a US Olympic spokesperson: “Mikaela (nor her mother/coach Eileen) will not be doing any media for the foreseeable future. Her/their location right now.” Thanks for the respect.”
Ryan Cederquist is a reporter for Well Daily, a sister publication of the Sierra Sun.