Mikaela Shiffrins Quest Gets More Difficult With Another Delay
PYEONGCHANG, South Korea ' Mikaela Shiffrin has yet to win or lose in her pursuit of multiple gold medals at the Pyeongchang Olympics, but that quest became more knotty Wednesday when organizers postponed the slalom event.
High winds moved the women's slalom, which Shiffrin won at the 2014 Sochi Games, to Friday. The women's giant slalom, also a strength of Shiffrin's, had already been postponed from Monday to Thursday.
The revised race program means that Shiffrin now has races on three consecutive days, beginning with Thursday's giant slalom and concluding with the women's super-G on Saturday. That's a grueling schedule in a pressure-filled setting like the Olympics, and it could cause her to change her plans.
There is no guarantee that Shiffrin will race in the super-G now because she will be coming off the stress of the slalom and giant slalom competitions, which are each two-run race days that can last seven hours, or more. The rearranged races will steal an off day from Shiffrin and leave her with little time, if any, for fresh training in the super-G leading to the race.
At the same time, because of the fickle weather, Lindsey Vonn, Shiffrin's notable, if unspoken, rival, has quietly gained an upper hand by simply waiting out of sight.....
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