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Mikaela Shiffrin finally gets PyeongChang skiing debut

Mikaela Shiffrin finally gets PyeongChang skiing debut

Shiffrin finished in a total of 2:20.2, .39 faster than Ragnhild Mowinckel, of Norway, who took silver, while Federica Brignone, of Italy, took bronze. Shiffrin set herself up for a podium finish by turning in a time of 1:10.82 on her first run of the day, taking second place just 0.2 seconds behind Italy's Manuela Moelgg.

Such was the commanding nature of her performance, Shiffrin was the clear champion well before all the skiers had completed their second run.

The US athlete showed all her class and long experience at the top of the run, gaining so much time that she could afford a mistake near the end of the course.

Because of the delay's to women's competition, Shiffrin could face one of the most grueling schedules - training or racing every day for the remainder of the Games.

The 22-year-old ski slope queen, who has confessed to experiencing severe nerves in the past, put any worries behind her to clinch gold in the giant slalom on Thursday.

Shiffrin's times from each of her two runs would be added together to determine her final standing in the event, and she said in an interview with NBC in that she would be making an aggressive run at gold. If you're here looking for her online profiles, including Mikaela Shriffin's Snapchat username, you're at the right place.

"To come to the Olympics after some tough races on the World Cup circuit and to charge like that - I risked it on the second run - it's super-cool".

Wednesday's win raised the stakes for the slalom Friday (tonight in Denver), an event in which Shiffrin is an overwhelming favorite.

Sui Wenjing and Han Cong of China perform in the pair figure skating short program in the Gangneung Ice Arena at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Gangneung
Sui Wenjing and Han Cong of China perform in the pair figure skating short program in the Gangneung Ice Arena at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Gangneung

"I wish I would've gone in fair conditions", said Jansrud, who wore the No. 19 bib.

"I can't wait to race, actually", she said in a pre-competition press conference, noting the courses had been ideal.

High winds moved the women's slalom, which Shiffrin won at the 2014 Sochi Games, to Friday.

"I knew I could win medals in multiple disciplines but I also knew I could have nothing".

"It's an incredible feeling to know that my best effort is good enough".

North Korea's all-female cheerleading squad, dressed in matching red snowsuits and bobble hats, were in full voice at the Yongpyong Alpine Center to support North Korea's entry in the Giant Slalom, 25-year-old Kim Ryon Hyang. "I think it's getting scary to be a photographer on skiing hills".

"We pushed too hard there and for one week we paid for it", he said.

"I could never imagine myself even in the same sentence as Michael Phelps".