The double Olympic champion in cross-country skiing, Mikaela Shiffrin, is unable to complete the course for the second time at Beijing 2022.
The American Mikaela Shiffrin, the great figure of world alpine skiing, went off the track this Wednesday in the first round of the slalom of the Beijing 2022 Olympic Games, which takes place in Yanqing; and she will therefore not participate in the second and decisive round, starting at a quarter to two in the afternoon.
She has only been able to complete four gates in the first heat.
Shiffrin, who at 26 has already won everything for several years -including two Olympic gold medals, six world titles and three final victories in the World Cup, a competition in which she has 73 victories-, who had started with number 7, went off course at the top of the Yanqing track, just as it had happened last Monday in the giant that opened the women’s competition in the winter king sport.
The super-champion from Vail (Colorado) suffered in this way her second surprising elimination at the first change in the first two tests of the Games, in two disciplines that she dominates; especially the slalom, in which her 47 victories represent the absolute historical record (between men and women) of triumphs in the same alpine skiing modality.
It is the first time since 2011 that the American has failed to finish two consecutive technical races. Her defense of her Olympic slalom title last Monday only lasted a few seconds.
“It’s a big disappointment,” said the 26-year-old skier. “The day is basically over before it even started.”