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Shiffrin skips Olympic downhill for rearranged alpine combined

Europe, Europa
19.02.2018
By our dpa-correspondent and Europe Online    auf Facebook posten  Auf Twitter posten  
Pyeongchang, South Korea (dpa) - US ski star Mikaela Shiffrin is to skip the women‘s downhill race at the Pyeongchang Games on Wednesday in order to focus on the alpine combined rearranged for Thursday.

"As much as I wanted to compete in the Olympic downhill, with the schedule change, it‘s important for me to focus my energy on preparing for the combined," Shiffrin said in a statement through the US team on Monday.

"I‘m looking forward to cheering on our girls racing in the downhill and to compete myself in Thursday‘s combined."

The women‘s alpine ski combined was moved forward a day to Thursday in view of a poorer weather forecast for Friday, organizers said.

"Thursday is the much better day," international ski federation (FIS) race director Atle Skaardal told dpa.

The forecast for Friday is for light snowfall, which could hamper visibility for the combined race.

The new schedule means the women will race in the downhill on Wednesday with the combined coming just one day later and Shiffrin has decided to save herself for the combined, which comprises one downhill run with a run in her favoured slalom.

Last week she won the giant slalom but failed to reach the podium in the rearranged slalom a day later.

"I keep thinking that maybe if I was able to control my emotions more after the Giant Slalom, I would have had more energy for the Slalom and maybe I could have put more into that race, maybe I would have had better control of my nerves, maybe," she wrote on Twitter on Saturday.

"But after 5 days of schedule changes and waiting to race, and with no day between those races to recharge, I wasn‘t able to manage it."

The 22-year-old Shiffrin had considered chasing an unlikely five individual gold medals in Pyeongchang having hugely improved her speed ability. She won a World Cup downhill for the first time earlier this season.

However, the overall World Cup champion eventually decided against entering the super-g and having also ditched the downhill, she now has Thursday‘s combined as the last chance for a third individual career gold at the Games.

 

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