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This. Track. Is. Fun. 😁. As most everyone probably knows by now, I wont be starting in the Downhill race- made the decision to focus on the Combined after we heard it will moved forward a day to Thursday. The biggest bummer is that I only get one more chance to ski this gorgeous Downhill! But I’m looking forward to it and in the meantime.. SO excited to cheer on our girls in THE race! It’s been really inspiring to see them all laying down some really fast skiing the last 3 days and they all deserve the chance to show their stuff tomorrow👊🏼. — — — — There have been a lot of schedule changes this Games from the weather and while that is frustrating, everyone is doing their best to work with it! Just wanna take the opportunity to thank everyone involved in getting all of the races off and making them as fair as possible! It’s not easy with mother nature sometimes but that’s how it goes!🤷♀️☺️ #goteamUSA 🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸 (@gettyimages @eoshaw)
Mikaela Shiffrin, the recent winner of the Lake Louise downhill, will skip the speed event at the Pyeonchang Olympics opting to better prepare for the Alpine Combined instead.
According to the Denver Post, Shiffrin dropped the race after officials decided to move the Alpine Combined up a day due to heavy winds in the forecast on Friday. During her training runs, Shiffrin looked a tad bit sluggish, another reason why she might have decided to focus on the combined. Shiffrin has already claimed gold in the GS this time but lost out in her favored appearance at the Pyeongchang Slalom.
With her stepping out, another US Ski teamer has the chance to compete for Olympic gold. That racer is expected to be Alice McKennis of Glenwood Springs, CO.
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Today was…remarkable! I am so proud and thankful I had the opportunity to represent my country today in the OLYMPICS! 🇺🇸 I am also thrilled with the way I skied, yup I made some mistakes but between those mistakes I skied my heart out and that is enough for me. I couldn’t have given any more today and I am so pumped about it! Also, that feeling of crossing the finish line was unbeatable today, I was a grinning fool before even seeing my result because I had so much fun! Thank you so much to my Dad, sister, niece & boyfriend for being there today, it was a special day and I’m glad we could share in it together…It was nice to see you too @trevorolch 😜 Anyway I’m excited to see what the coming week will bring! Wahoo! 📷: Alexis Boichard, Clive Mos/ Getty Images #olympics #teamusa #pyeongchang2018 #gogator #hardworkdoespayoff
Downhillers will appear tonight during primetime on NBC. Race coverage begins at 8pm EST.
Find the entire Denver post article here: Mikaela Shiffrin pulls out of downhill at PyeongChang Olympics