Protecting Olympic Champion Mikaela Shiffrin from Giant Slalom


Beijing (AP) — Defending Olympic Champion Mikaela Shiffrin was disqualified from the event early in the first run of the Giant Slalom at the Beijing Olympics on Monday.

As she turned left at the gate, she lost control and slipped to the side.

26-year-old Schifflin In the next two weeks, he will be the first alpine ski racer from the United States and has only a small chance of winning three Olympic gold medals throughout his career.

She wants to attend all five individual events at the Enkyo Alpine Ski Center.

Her next race is Wednesday’s slalom. Schifflin won the 2014 Sochi Olympics at the age of 18 as part of a remarkable career, including a total of three Olympic medals. In Pyeongchang 2018, in addition to the Giant Slalom victory, there were three silver medals. World Cup overall title and half a dozen world championship gold.

She arrived in China as One of the hottest athletes in every sport At the Winter Olympics, a superstar who has long dominated ski racing in recent years.

Schifflin openly talked about the pressure created by the weight of expectations — Of course, not only her own and her fans, but also coaches, friends and family.She is also frank about the burden of coping The accidental death of her father, Jeff, Two years ago.

Her debut in Beijing was over in no time. On the first run of the two Giant Slalom, the first scheduled Giant Slalom, Schifflin slipped and tried to correct himself, but it was too late.

Eventually, she got up and stopped by the hillside of a course called the Ice River, stabbed a pole in the snow, and put her hand on her hips.

Schifflin is the seventh racer from the start gate and was not the first to run into trouble.

Italy’s Marta Bassino, who won the World Cup Giant Slalom title last season and appeared two spots earlier than Shiffrin on Monday, fell to his left hip and slipped down to spin.

Only skiers who complete the first run will have a chance to go to the second run scheduled for the second half of Monday.

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AP sports writer Daniela Matal and AP national writer Howard Fendrich contributed to this report.

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