Feb 11, 2022 - Sports

U.S. Olympic skier Mikaela Shiffrin "grateful" for outpouring of support

Mikaela Shiffrin of Team United States reacts during the Women's Super-G on day seven of the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympic Games at National Alpine Ski Centre on February 11,
Mikaela Shiffrin of Team USA reacts during the Women's Super-G on Day 7 of the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympic Games at National Alpine Ski Centre in Yanqing, China, on Friday. Photo: Alex Pantling/Getty Images

U.S. alpine skier Mikaela Shiffrin may be out of super-G medal contention at the Beijing Winter Olympics, but she told NBC on Friday: "I proved to myself that I can still trust my instincts a bit."

The big picture: The two-time Olympic Alpine gold medalist had never competed in the super-G before, but it was the first time in three events at the 2022 Beijing Games that she had completed a race, finishing ninth with a time of 1 minute, 14.30 seconds. She also spoke of how moved she'd been by the support she's received this week.

What she's saying: "I never would've felt that humans could be so kind," said Shiffrin, who told NBC that completing the super-G was "a big relief."

  • "It's the most surprising thing of my Olympic experience is how kind people have been in the face of my failure," she added.
  • "It is failure. It's OK to say that. I am OK with that. And I'm sorry for it, but I also was trying."

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