Olympic Women's Slalom: By the Numbers

Olympic Women's Slalom: By the Numbers

Olympic Women's Slalom: By the Numbers

Not when she's on the biggest stage of them all.

After multiple delays due to risky wind conditions, Mikaela Shiffrin finally made her 2018 Winter Olympics debut - and she didn't disappoint!

"And then there were moments where I thought, who cares?" You gotta try, you're here!' My best effort is good enough and I have an Olympic gold.

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Shiffrin posted the second-fastest time on the first run and was fourth fastest the second time down the slope, finishing with a combined total of 2 minutes, 20.02 seconds. Shiffrin said. "They made the right calls with postponing ... but you have to be mentally ready, and then all of a sudden it's cancelled, and it's like what do we do?"

In an attempt to block out the attention, the American has banned herself from social media during the Games.

But the 22-year-old, set to start as favourite to do just that, could be forced to scale back on her plans to dominate - Michael Phelps-style - the women's alpine skiing in Pyeongchang.

"I'm watching Korean TV so that's easy because I don't understand it".

"So, I have something now and that's great and I can ski for myself".

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Don't compare her to that other well-known blonde female skier. "It's about putting your best on the line and seeing what happens".

She used a hard-charging final run to win her second career Olympic gold medal.

Rising before dawn Wednesday, Shiffrin was on the racecourse for more than an hour, inspecting and memorizing the intricate pattern of slalom gates to better her chances at defending her Olympic title.

But ahead of her gold medal race, there were nerves of steel and celebration as she accepted the applause of scores of fans waving the Stars and Stripes.

Fans can watch Shiffrin take on the pressure of being a huge favorite for the Women's alpine skiing (giant slalom) event as media outlets stream the events live at 7:30 p.m. and 11:15 p.m. EST.

Look for the skiers to make tight turns around poles, which is different than giant slalom with fewer and wider turns.

That super-G was originally scheduled for Thursday but was pushed to Friday once the men's downhill was moved.

The women's downhill takes place next Wednesday, with the combined event two days later.

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