Skiing superstar Mikaela Shiffrin misses medal in her best event in stunning finish

  • Mikaela Shiffrin didn't medal in the slalom, her best event, at the Winter Olympics.
  • Shiffrin entered the Olympics with the hopes of winning five medals, but that hope has been dashed.
  • Schedule has played a major factor, as Shiffrin dropped out of the super-G on Saturday to avoid competing in three straight events. She may have also been thrown off by winning gold in the giant slalom on Thursday.


Mikaela Shiffrin failed to medal in the slalom, her best event, Friday at the Winter Olympics.

The result was a stunner as Shiffrin entered the Olympics as the reigning gold medal winner in the event and the reigning world champion.

Shiffrin had an uneven first run on Friday in Pyeongchang, reportedly throwing up before the race. In her second run, Shiffrin didn't appear to make any major mistakes, but toward the end of her run, fell off the gold-medal pace and slipped into second place.

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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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Shiffrin then saw the final two skiers in the event pass her, knocking her off the podium altogether.

Friday's disappointment continued what's been a somewhat turbulent Olympics for Shiffrin. Shiffrin's schedule was thrown out of whack when the first two slalom events were postponed because of weather. She won gold in the giant slalom on Thursday, but according to USA Today's Nancy Armour, the schedule may have thrown off Shiffrin. According to Armour, Shiffrin went to sleep late on Thursday because she had to go attend the separate medal ceremony after winning the slalom.

Additionally, the schedule will hurt Shiffrin's medal count. Shiffrin dropped out of the super-G program scheduled for Saturday because she didn't want to compete in three straight events. Shiffrin entered the games hoping for five medals. To the surprise of many, she'll take home three at the most now.

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