Mikaela Shiffrin, Defending Gold Medalist, Disqualified From Large Slalom

Mikaela Shiffrin didn’t get off to the beginning she hoped for on the 2022 Beijing Olympics.

Shiffrin, the defending gold medalist within the large slalom, is not going to have a possibility to defend her Olympic title after the 26-year-old skied out throughout her first run of the occasion on Monday in Beijing. As a result of she didn’t full the run, Shiffrin is disqualified and won’t compete within the second run.

Shiffrin fell and missed a gate early in her run.

“I used to be attacking and only a small mistiming of once I set my edges and simply slipped out,” Shiffrin mentioned on NBC, by way of Karen Mizoguchi of Individuals.com. “It’s wonderful floor, it’s such wonderful circumstances, however you don’t have any room for some small errors or something like that and I used to be pushing, so I’m actually pleased with that however 5 gates into the course, that stings.”

In accordance with Tim Layden of NBC Sports activities, Shiffrin has skied out simply 14 occasions (together with Monday) throughout 229 World Cup, Olympic and World Championship profession races, and simply 3 times in 4 years.

Whereas she is not going to defend her gold medal from the 2018 Olympics in Pyeongchang, Shiffrin ought to have loads of alternative to take residence some {hardware}. In accordance with The Related Press, she “hopes to enter all 5 particular person occasions” in the sport.

If she will declare first place in any occasion, Shiffrin would be the first Alpine skier from america to win three Olympic gold medals.