Mikaela Shiffrin 'was kind of puking' before first slalom run

American skier Mikaela Shiffrin is right with the front of the pack after her first qualifying run on Friday morning in the women’s slalom.

Shiffrin finished her opening run in PyeongChang with a time of 49.37 seconds, .48 behind leader Wendy Holdener of Switzerland.

Right before her run, though, Shiffrin may have caught a case of the nerves. The 22-year-old was seen puking right before she got into the starting gate.

“I don’t know, that was kind of sudden,” Shiffrin said after the run. “It almost felt like a virus, kind of, puking, less about nerves.

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LIENZ, AUSTRIA - DECEMBER 28: (FRANCE OUT) Mikaela Shiffrin of the USA takes 3rd place during the Audi FIS Alpine Ski World Cup Women's Giant Slalom on December 28, 2013 in Lienz, Austria. (Photo by Christophe Pallot/Agence Zoom/Getty Images)
LIENZ, AUSTRIA - DECEMBER 28: (FRANCE OUT) Mikaela Shiffrin of the USA takes 2nd place during the Audi FIS Alpine Ski World Cup Women's Giant Slalom on December 28, 2013 in Lienz, Austria. (Photo by Christophe Pallot/Agence Zoom/Getty Images)
LIENZ, AUSTRIA - DECEMBER 28: (FRANCE OUT) Mikaela Shiffrin of the USA takes 2nd place during the Audi FIS Alpine Ski World Cup Women's Giant Slalom on December 28, 2013 in Lienz, Austria. (Photo by Christophe Pallot/Agence Zoom/Getty Images)
Skiing - Alpine Skiing World Cup - Ladies' Slalom - Lenzerheide, Switzerland - January 28, 2018. Mikaela Shiffrin of the U.S. reacts at the finish line. REUTERS/Stefano Rellandini
U.S. alpine ski racer and reigning overall World Cup champion Mikaela Shiffrin speaks to reporters at a news conference ahead of her races at the Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea February 10, 2018. REUTERS/Rory Carroll
USA's Mikaela Shiffrin leaves after the women's giant slalom was postponed because of strong winds at the Jeongseon Alpine Center during the Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympic Games in Pyeongchang on February 12, 2018. Shiffrin will have to wait to kick off her bid for multiple Olympic medals after the opening women's giant slalom was postponed Monday because of strong winds. / AFP PHOTO / Javier SORIANO (Photo credit should read JAVIER SORIANO/AFP/Getty Images)
PYEONGCHANG-GUN, SOUTH KOREA - FEBRUARY 14: Mikaela Shiffrin of the United States inspects the course prior to the Alpine Skiing Ladies' Slalom on day five of the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympics at Yongpyong Alpine Centre on February 14, 2018 in Pyeongchang-gun, South Korea. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
PYEONGCHANG-GUN, SOUTH KOREA - FEBRUARY 10: United States skier Mikaela Shiffrin attends her press conference at the Main Press Centre the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympic Games on February 10, 2018 in Pyeongchang-gun, South Korea. (Photo by Ker Robertson/Getty Images)
PYEONGCHANG-GUN, SOUTH KOREA - FEBRUARY 14: Mikaela Shiffrin of the United States inspects the course prior to the Alpine Skiing Ladies' Slalom on day five of the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympics at Yongpyong Alpine Centre on February 14, 2018 in Pyeongchang-gun, South Korea. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
LENZERHEIDE, SWITZERLAND - JANUARY 28: Mikaela Shiffrin of USA reacts during the Audi FIS Alpine Ski World Cup Women's Slalom on January 28, 2018 in Lenzerheide, Switzerland. (Photo by Alain Grosclaude/Agence Zoom/Getty Images)
LENZERHEIDE, SWITZERLAND - JANUARY 28: Mikaela Shiffrin of USA in action during the Audi FIS Alpine Ski World Cup Women's Slalom on January 28, 2018 in Lenzerheide, Switzerland. (Photo by Alain Grosclaude/Agence Zoom/Getty Images)
US Mikaela Shiffrin reacts after missing a gate in the Women's slalom race at the FIS Alpine Skiing World Cup on January 28, 2018 in Lenzerheide. / AFP PHOTO / Fabrice COFFRINI (Photo credit should read FABRICE COFFRINI/AFP/Getty Images)
CORTINA D'AMPEZZO, ITALY - JANUARY 19: Mikaela Shiffrin of USA inspects the course during the Audi FIS Alpine Ski World Cup Women's Downhill on January 19, 2018 in Cortina d'Ampezzo, Italy. (Photo by Christophe Pallot/Agence Zoom/Getty Images)
CORTINA D'AMPEZZO, ITALY - JANUARY 19: Lindsey Vonn of USA takes 2nd place, Mikaela Shiffrin of USA takes 1st place during the Audi FIS Alpine Ski World Cup Women's Downhill on January 19, 2018 in Cortina d'Ampezzo, Italy. (Photo by Christophe Pallot/Agence Zoom/Getty Images)
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“But we’ll see. .48 isn’t super far off, so I’ll do my best for the second round. It’s nice to have that first round out of the way. Nothing was tricky, I just have to move quick like always.”

Shiffrin will compete in her second run later Friday afternoon. She isn’t going to think too much ahead of time, though. She’s just planning to go for it .

“No holding back,” Shiffrin said. “There’s not much tactic that goes into it, I just put it all down the hill and see what happens.”

To kill time before the next run, though, Shiffrin is sticking to her routine. She took a nap between runs on Thursday, and walked away from the giant slalom with her first gold medal of the 2018 Winter Olympics.

“For sure,” Shiffrin said. “I’m going to go take a nap right now.”

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