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Beijing Olympics: US ski star Mikaela Shiffrin stunned after failing to finish race – National

Mikaela Shiffrin’s nightmare begins with Beijing Olympics continued on Wednesday as the American racer skated the first of slalom’s skates, failing to finish in the second straight race.

The 26-year-old, who has dominated technical events in recent years, was dropped from the competition after missing an early stage. She also crashed on the first run of the giant slalom on Monday.

“I was pushing, there was no room to slide up even a little… it felt like a huge fall,” Shiffrin told reporters.

“My whole career has taught me to believe in my skiing… when the pressure is high, of course the pressure is also high but that’s not the biggest problem right now.

“It’s not the end of the world and it’s stupid to care about this but I feel like I have to ask a lot of questions now.”

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The four-time world champion won gold in slalom at the 2014 Sochi Olympics and finished fourth in Pyeongchang four years later.

Germany’s Lena Duerr, who led the first run with a time of 52.17, said it was rare to see Shiffrin come off the field so early.

“It’s unusual for Mikaela to go out so early, also in the giant slum and now in the slum, it’s clear that something is wrong,” she said.

“She’s won a lot and knows she’s the clear favorite and I think that’s going to have an effect, even with someone like Mikaela.”

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Shriffin’s World Cup opponent, Slovak Petra Vlhova, finished eighth after the main skier completed the first run, 0.72 seconds behind Duerr.

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Switzerland’s Michelle Gisin is second, just three percent behind the German, with giant slalom gold medalist Sara Hector, more than nine percent back.

Shiffrin has come to China with high expectations, with former teammates like Lindsey Vonn suggesting she could win medals in all events.

Former Olympic champion downhill Vonn was quick to offer his countryman support.

“Favorite for @MikaelaShiffrin but this does not take away from her career nor what she can and will achieve in the future. Hold your head high,” she tweeted.

Shiffrin has two gold medals from her three Olympics to date – she won the giant slalom in Pyeongchang. She also has 73 career wins at the World Cup.

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Although slalom and giant slalom are her favorite events, Shiffrin still has a great chance of winning a medal in the combined event, and can also choose to compete in the speed-down events. slope and super G.

(Reporting by Simon Evans, additional reporting by Shadia Nasralla and Simon Jennings; Editing by Peter Rutherford)

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