Mikaela Shiffrin will compete in her last personal race in Beijing

If the medal was ever ripe for taking, then that is it.

Mikaela Shiffrin is one among solely 25 different skiers within the mixed competitors and one among a handful of skiers with the abilities to compete within the podium in a contest that features each downhill and slalom runs.

Shiffrin’s technique on one other recent, clear day at Yanqing Nationwide Alpine Heart is identical as at all times: survive the downhill with sufficient working after which carry out top-notch sledding to rise to the lead.

In 2018, Shiffrin was sixth after the downhill, 1.21 seconds behind the ultimate winner, Swiss Michelle Gisin. Shiffrin took silver after a powerful slalom present and Swiss Wendy Holdener took bronze.

Gisin and Holdener each compete at present, however Shiffrin is at present the world’s second finest slalom competitor after Slovakia’s Petra Vlhova. Vlhova, a gold medalist in slalom final week, determined to not compete within the mixture.

There are solely three different skiers within the trade who’re among the many high 15 within the World Slalom Cup: Gisin, Holdener and Katharina Huber from Austria.

Shiffrin got here to the Olympics in his favor to win medals in a number of totally different sports activities. However he was deserted final week in huge slalom and slalom. He completed ninth within the super-G and 18th downhill.

Shiffrin’s stumbles within the opening competitions of the Beijing Olympics have been incomprehensible – failures, he referred to as them later – however when he enters the ultimate particular person competitors at these winter occasions, he nonetheless has an extended option to go.

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