Sweden's Frida Hansdotter upstaged defending champion Mikaela Shiffrin to win the women's Olympic slalom on Friday as the American finished out the medals in fourth after vomiting. "To me, it was far more free".
"She wasn't leading with those one or two seconds as she usually does, so then I felt that, 'Now, I'm really going to take that chance'".
Shiffrin, 22, won a gold medal in the slalom at the 2014 Winter Games. The crowd was roaring.
The result seemed to frustrate Shiffrin, who held her hands up in the air.
She finished the first run in fourth, down by almost half a second; despite an admirable second run effort in which she started gaining speed before fading, she stayed in fourth place. "I know that I'm the best slalom skier in the world". "But the race is when it counts. So". She finished eight one hundredths of a second from the podium.
"After yesterday it was such an emotional high", Shiffrin said after her race. A year ago, the nerves she battled before the slalom in South Korea nearly derailed her season.
"It's a really big bummer but I will learn".
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"The second leg will be set by her own coach, Werner Zurbuchen, but Holdener insisted there would be no advantage".
Mowinckel helped make it a three-medal Alpine day for Norway: Aksel Lund Svindal won the men's downhill about 30 miles away at the Jeongseon Alpine Center, and Kjetil Jansrud got silver.
Tessa Worley, the French world champion expected to challenge Shiffrin, recovered from a disastrous first run to clock 1:09.00, but it only lifted her to seventh.
Before the day began, the 32-year-old Hansdotter could very well picture a podium that included her.
"I don't know, it was kind of sudden". "She had predicted that on the second run, "[I'll] just let it go down the hill more in the second run, it will be quite a lot faster".
That last part is key to appreciating the way Shiffrin regrouped and performed in a race originally slated for Monday.
Shiffrin struggled to describe what happened and why she wasn't attacking the course more. There is not much tactics that goes into it.
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The 23-year-old Yun said he felt no pressure to win, even with his home country hosting the Olympics.
"I know I have the best slalom turns in the world but I didn't put it out in the two runs that mattered".
The course laid out for the women's slalom has 61 turning gates and a vertical drop of around 670 feet. After the race, she reflected on her disappointing first run.
Shiffrin has been open about her competitive anxieties and her ongoing battle with nerves. She'll try to do that now. Concerns over the compressed competition slate forced her to scale back her events in South Korea, opting to skip the Super-G race on Saturday. Switzerland's Beat Feuz was third in a race originally scheduled for Sunday.
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When she won the gold medal in slalom in Sochi, Shiffrin was up until 4 a.m. meeting all the demands. With three more events, including one in which she has essentially lapped the field, was it insane to think Shiffrin could approach that?
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Friday morning offered a stern reminder for Shiffrin and the world just how hard this medal pursuit could be, how hard it will be to leave Pyeongchang with a suitcase full of gold.