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Shiffrin on fourth: “I wouldn’t change it for the world”

SHOWING HEART AND PASSION

“I wouldn’t change it for the world” was the slightly surprising reaction from Mikaela Shiffrin to her fourth-placed finish in the women’s Slalom at PyeongChang 2018.

The American had been pre-race favourite, but finished without a medal, as gold went to Sweden’s Frida Hansdotter.

In a post on social media Shiffrin described how she couldn’t control her emotions after winning the Giant Slalom on Wednesday, for which she received her gold medal on Thursday, before the Slalom final on Friday.

The 22-year-old also referenced weather delays, and the subsequent truncated schedule to the alpine skiing programme in Korea, as a potential reason for the lack of energy that could have cost her a place on the podium. Those weather delays had previously been cited as the reason for her withdrawal from the Super-G, ending her quest to compete and medal in a possible five events at the Games.

The full message posted to her fans on Instagram read:

“I’ve gone over it a thousand times in my head, and I don’t think I could have done it differently even if I got a second chance. I keep thinking that maybe if I was able to control my emotions more after the Giant Slalom, I would have had more energy for the Slalom and maybe I could have put more into that race, maybe I would have had better control of my nerves, maybe… But after 5 days of schedule changes and waiting to race, and without the day between those races to reset and recharge, I wasn’t able to manage it. And you know what? I wouldn’t change that for the world. It’s the Olympics, and for me that’s about showing heart and passion as much as it is about medals. So I wouldn’t take back my emotions or excitement after the GS in order to have better shot at a SL medal too. You know, it’s not necessarily the medalists who get the most out of the Olympics. It’s those who are willing to strip down to nothing and bear their soul for their love of the game. That is so much greater than Gold, Silver, or Bronze. We all want a medal, but not everyone will get one. Some are going to leave here feeling like heroes, some will leave heartbroken, and some will have had moments when the felt both- because we care. That is real. That is life. It’s amazing and terrifying and wonderful and brutal and exciting and nerve racking and beautiful. And honestly, I’m just so grateful to be part of that. 💛 ”

 

I’ve gone over it a thousand times in my head, and I don’t think I could have done it differently even if I got a second chance. I keep thinking that maybe if I was able to control my emotions more after the Giant Slalom, I would have had more energy for the Slalom and maybe I could have put more into that race, maybe I would have had better control of my nerves, maybe… But after 5 days of schedule changes and waiting to race, and without the day between those races to reset and recharge, I wasn’t able to manage it. And you know what? I wouldn’t change that for the world. It’s the Olympics, and for me that’s about showing heart and passion as much as it is about medals. So I wouldn’t take back my emotions or excitement after the GS in order to have better shot at a SL medal too. You know, it’s not necessarily the medalists who get the most out of the Olympics. It’s those who are willing to strip down to nothing and bear their soul for their love of the game. That is so much greater than Gold, Silver, or Bronze. We all want a medal, but not everyone will get one. Some are going to leave here feeling like heroes, some will leave heartbroken, and some will have had moments when the felt both- because we care. That is real. That is life. It’s amazing and terrifying and wonderful and brutal and exciting and nerve racking and beautiful. And honestly, I’m just so grateful to be part of that. 💛 (pc: AP)

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Shiffrin may not have competed in the Super-G, but her skis did, and helped Ester Ledecka claim the gold medal in a shock result.

 

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