Published: Mon, February 12, 2018
Sport | By Wendy Sparks

Women's giant slalom postponed because of strong winds

Women's giant slalom postponed because of strong winds

She won gold in her specialty, the slalom, in the 2014 Games in Sochi, becoming the youngest slalom champion in Olympic history.

With wind expected at the speed events' site again Monday, a training session for the downhill portion of the men's combined race was canceled. "It's insane how I can get to this place and, not forget, but not remember every single detail of how much work that we've put into it in the last four years to get to this spot and to have the opportunity to be able to compete in five events at these Olympics".

Her parents - anesthesiologist Jeff and former nurse Eileen - were both avid skiers growing up, and later took up Masters racing. "But I'm not actually sure whether I'll have the energy to do (all) that", she says.

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"We kind of expected this downhill to be postponed due to wind, but at the same time the guys were charged up and ready to go", USA men's head coach Sasha Rearick said.

Those setbacks followed a scintillating late December/early January when she was near unbeatable.

"Then after that I got exhausted, going into the Cortina series put me over the edge a little bit".

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"I've gotten back to my roots in skiing and reminded myself I'm not here just for wins but I'm here because I love the sport", she said.

"At the Lenzerheide slalom when I didn't finish three gates from the finish, for me that was a defining moment that I needed to take a step back and get some rest". "I really like the conditions".

Shiffrin feels under no pressure to medal as a favourite. "The giant slalom is the most competitive for the women", says Rebensburg, with only Italian Deborah Compagnoni having previously won two golds (1994, 1998). "I care, I want to medal in multiple disciplines".

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