'I just feel like a joke': Devastated Mikaela Shiffrin left reeling after third Beijing crash

Mikaela Shiffrin’s Beijing nightmare continued on Thursday with the US skiing star left reeling from a third did-not-finish (DNF) by die Games.

Shiffrin arrived at the Winter Olympics looking to win a third consecutive gold at a Games, but after crashing out of the alpine combined event, the 26-year-old has incredibly suffered 60% of her career DNF’s at the National Alpine Skiing Centre hierdie maand.
She had already failed to finish in her favorite disciplinesthe slalom and giant slalomearlier in the Games, events that had reaped gold at Sochi 2014 and PyeongChang 2018 onderskeidelik.
    Yet when asked whether her rocky start in Beijing had played on her mind heading into the combined event, an exasperated Shiffrin asserted that she had no intention of skiing safe just to finish.
      It was not actually that much to ask for from myself, and I was starting to do it, and then I was out anyway,” Shiffrin said.
        I don’t really understand it, and I’m not sure when I’m going to have much of an explanation. I can’t explain to you how frustrated I am to not know what I can learn from today.
        Shiffrin had made a positive start to the combined event.

        Despite her disappointing start to the Games, Shiffrin had started well in the combined event, placing fifth in the downhill course to put her within range of a podium finish heading into the deciding slalom run.
          I finally felt I could really trust my instincts in the track,” Shiffrin said after her downhill run, and maintained thatdespite the permanent presence of pressureshe had carried a “kalm, solid mentalityinto the slalom.
          The most disappointing thing, beyond walking away from the Games with no individual medalsis that I had multiple opportunities to ski slalom on this track, and I failed in all of them,” Shiffrin said.
          That’s disappointing for me, it’s disappointing for my whole team, for the coaches, for everybody who’s been working so hard, and it’s disappointing for anybody back home who woke up and thought, especially today, ‘Haai, she did a pretty good downhill run, set up pretty well for the slalom.
          “Nou dadelik, I just feel like a joke.

          ‘I don’t have any emotional energy to give any more

          Shiffrin said she will be back out on the slopes tomorrow to practice for Saturday’s mixed team event, wherein she will become only the second woman to race all six alpine skiing events at the Winter Olympics.
          Yet far from rejuvenated for a final flourish, Shiffrin said that Thursday’s disappointment had left her emotionally spent.
          There’s going to be a whole chaotic mess of crap that people are saying about how I just fantastically failed these last couple of weeks in the moments that actually counted,” Shiffrin said.
          It’s really strange, but I’m not even afraid of that right now, and maybe it’s because I don’t have any emotional energy to give any more.
          Shiffrin crashes during the giant slalom on February 7.

            Swiss skier Michelle Gisin later took gold in the alpine combined, roaring back from 12th after the downhill course to dominate the slalom run and clinch gold ahead of compatriot Wendy Holdener, who won silver.
            Italy’s Federica Brignone took bronze, while Czech star Ester Ledecká placed fourthdashing her hopes of a second gold medal to add to her snowboarding giant slalom title.

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