Mikaela Shiffrin Forgets Prediction From 4 Years Ago, Makes It Happen Anyway With Giant Slalom Gold

Bryan Brandom
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Though she doesn’t remember it, Mikaela Shiffrin vowed not to come in fifth place in the giant slalom at the 2018 Winter Olympics after finishing in that position in Sochi in 2014.

On Wednesday night (Friday morning, local time), the 22-year-old American skier held herself to her word, taking gold in women’s giant slalom, the first of four golds she’ll try to collect in Pyeongchang.

“I forgot about that,” Shiffrin told NBC of her vow from 2014 after her victory. “It’s been a work in progress every season with the giant slalom. And it seems I’ve come up just a little bit short. There was always somebody better than me.”

Her final two-run total clocked in at 2:20.02. Ragnhild Mowinckel of Norway took silver (2:20.41) and Italy’s Federica Brignone claimed bronze (2:20.49).

Next, Shiffrin will try her hand in the slalom on Thursday night, an event she dominated in Sochi, becoming the youngest ever to take gold in the event at the Olympics at just 18.

After that, she’ll try to make it four golds by competing in the downhill and the combined.

She’d originally had her sights set on five medals, but weather has compacted the skiing schedule, forcing her out of super-G.