USA’s Mikaela Shiffrin Bags Giant Slalom Gold In Winter Olympics

Mikaela Shiffrin Winter Olympics 2018

American Mikaela Shiffrin has clinched gold at the Pyeongchang Olympics. She triumphed in the giant slalom on Thursday (Feb 15).

The 22-year-old is shining bright in the ongoing Winter Olympics 2018. Norway’s Ragnhild Mowinckel took silver and while Italy’s Federica Brignone managed to grab the bronze. The women’s Alpine program finally got green flag after days of frustrating weather delays.

Shiffrin is the all-round skiing champion with a total 41 wins. She currently tops in the ranking of women skiers in the world

She won her first race of the games in the slalom, becoming the first American ski racer — woman or man — to own three gold medals. (counting the slalom gold win in Sochi when she was 18 four years ago. After that she became the youngest Olympian to ever win that race).

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After the race, Shiffrin said, “I feel like I can go a little bit harder. There’s nothing to hold back for in the second run. The nice thing about the Olympics is you don’t hold back.”

She now wears the cap of being a two-time Olympics gold medallist

Shiffrin produced an incredible second run to beat Norway’s Ragnhild Mowinckel to the title by clocking 0.39 seconds as Italian Federica Brignone took bronze.

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Shiffrin is slated to compete in four or five more events in Pyeongchang, with her preferred slalom on Friday.

Shiffrin’s performance left her coach Mike Day teary-eyed. “That was amazing. That was a champion’s performance,” he told reporters. “She came out and won the race, nobody gave it to her. Those girls were going hard.”

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Congratulations champ!

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