Shiffrin finishes super-G in 3rd Olympic race; won’t be medalist – Queen City News

Mikaela Shiffrin of the United States jumps during the Women’s Super-G at the 2022 Winter Olympics on Friday, Feb. 11, 2022, in Beijing’s Yanqing District. (AP Photo/Alessandro Trovati)

BEIJING (AP) — Mikaela Shiffrin finished the super-G at the Beijing Olympics on Friday in record time — but for the first time in three races at the 2022 Games, she reached the finish.

The two-time Alpine Olympic gold medalist crossed the line at the bottom of a course known as The Rock in an unofficial time of 1 minute, 14.30 seconds. That left the 26-year-old American more than half a second behind early leader Lara Gut-Behrami of Switzerland.

It also put Shiffrin in eighth place after only 11 of the 44 entrants took turns on the incline.

Shiffrin had never competed in a super-G at the Olympics before, although she won a gold medal in the event at the 2019 world championships and a bronze medal at last year’s world championships.

She failed to complete her opening run in the two-run events that preceded the super-G in Beijing: the giant slalom and the slalom, which she won at previous Olympics.

Shiffrin actually started quite well on Friday, reaching the initial checkpoint in 12.66 seconds – ahead of Gut-Behrami’s pace.

But from there, Shiffrin lost contact with the leader, losing hundredths and then tenths of a second along the way.

The Beijing Olympics barely went as planned for Shiffrin initially. I couldn’t have gotten off to a worse start, really.

First there was Monday’s giant slalom, which she won at the 2018 Pyeongchang Olympics. She lost control and failed to properly manage a turn after five gates – her day ended. is completed approximately 10 seconds after the start of the first stage of a two-run event.

This was followed by Wednesday’s slalom, which she won at the 2014 Sochi Games to become, at 18, the youngest female champion in the race in Olympic history. Quite similar to the GS, it skidded wildly around a corner after five gates – this time its day ended five seconds into the first leg of a two-run event.

What was so hard for fans, and Shiffrin, to believe is that not only are slalom and giant slalom her two best races, and have been for years, but she almost never makes the kind of mistake that results in a “Did not finish”. next to their name on the score sheet.

The giant slalom fault created its first “DNF” in this event since January 23, 2018, a streak of 30 races. Her 47 World Cup slalom victories are more than any other skier in any alpine event in history.

After that surprisingly fast second outing on Wednesday, Shiffrin cast doubt on whether she’d even be on the track on Friday, saying, “If I’m going to ski on the fifth gate, what’s the point?”

But then she stepped out with other athletes on Thursday for the two authorized training trips to the super-G competition track. A few hours later, the US Ski Team announced that Shiffrin would indeed be on the start list.

About 4 1/2 hours before the start of Friday’s race, Shiffrin posted on Twitter, writing, “Today is Super G, and Super G is fun. I cannot express how grateful I am to have the opportunity to refocus on a new race, in the sport that I love so much. Forward.”

She also said, “I’ve had a lot of support over the last 48 hours and I have everyone to thank for that.”

The next women’s alpine event is downhill on Tuesday. While Shiffrin planned to compete in all five individual races in Beijing, it’s unclear if that will end up happening.

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