‘WHAT’S THE POINT?’ – MIKAELA SHIFFRIN HINTS AT EARLY WINTER OLYMPICS EXIT
Mikaela Shiffrin’s Beijing Games are in doubt after the four-time world champion skied herself out of contention in her opening two events. She was aiming for gold in all five individual events at the Games, but is considering an early exit – WATCH VIDEO HERE.
Shiffrin said: “I have never been in this position before and I don’t know how to handle it.
“I’m pretty much processing everything. It makes me second guess everything over the last 15 years. Everything I thought I knew about my own skiing and slalom and racing mentality. I’m just processing a lot. I feel really bad.”
“If I am going to ski out on the fifth gate, what’s the point? “I will try to re-set again. Maybe try to re-set better this time but I also don’t know how to do better because I just don’t.
“We came all this way. We’re not done yet but those were my biggest focuses (Giant Slalom and Slalom), so *it really feels like a lot of work for nothing,” she added.
“(People) will try to say, ‘this happens’ and ‘it’s OK’ and ‘don’t be too hard on yourself’ and all of that, but it is a lot of work for a grand total of five gates in the GS and five gates in the slalom. So that is not lost on me.”