Published: Mon, February 12, 2018
Sports | By Spencer Underwood

Women's giant slalom - five things to know

Women's giant slalom - five things to know

Strong wind gusts have caused an Alpine skiing event to be postponed for a second consecutive day. Three world championships in the slalom, medals that hang in her room back home in Colorado because, she said, "I had dead space on my wall and I wanted to fill it with something, and they look pretty".

Shiffrin said she confronts anxiety - "a lot more mental stress these last two years than I ever had" - by working with a sports psychologist.

"Right now, we're looking at any possibility", she said. "Each one of these race results just gets stored away really quickly".

As her mother, Eileen, who also serves as a coach, watched from the bottom of the Yongpyong hill, Shiffrin joined other racers in taking a couple of casual trips down a gateless giant slalom piste during a free ski the day before Monday's race.

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"I've gotten back to my roots in skiing and reminded myself I'm not here just for wins but I'm here because I love the sport", she said.

"I don't feel pressure from anybody, any external pressure".

So far, Shiffrin has not committed to competing in anything beyond her best two disciplines over the coming two weeks, but she could wind up entering all five women's individual races. "I'm not sure if I'm actually going to have the energy to do that".

"You're insane", a flabbergasted Shiffrin said when asked about the comparison. She may need a few more socks to stash the five gold-medal haul the alpine skiing super star could target at Pyeongchang. Much to Shiffrin's horror, a comparison with Michael Phelps has even been made.

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