Thursday, February 15, 2018

Mikaela Shiffrin Wins Gold in Women's Giant Slalom in Pyeongchang

Mikaela Shiffrin wasted no time in her medal hunt at PyeongChang 2018 as the technical ace picked up her second career gold medal on Thursday, but this time in giant slalom. As one of the pre-race favorites, she was expected to perform well but was likely to face a number of serious challengers. Mikaela Shiffrin sat in second place after the first run but was able to claim victory with a quick second run.
The 22-year-old is set to race in the downhill, combined and slalom, but has pulled out of the super G because of a compressed schedule following postponements earlier in the week.
Ragnhild Mowinckel of Norway, a relative outsider who has only finished on a World Cup giant slalom podium once before, lived up to the Attacking Viking moniker of her team to move from fourth place after the first run into the silver medal position. It was the first medal for a Norwegian female in alpine skiing since 1936 and only the second in the nation's history. Her teammates Aksel Lund Svindal and Kjetil Jansrud finished with gold and silver medals in the men's downhill earlier in the day to add to Norwegian celebrations.
Federica Brignone maintained her third-place position from run one to claim her first-ever Olympic medal with bronze. The Italian has 17 career World Cup giant slalom podiums to her name and was considered a definitive medal contender heading into PyeongChang.

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