Giant Slalom Live Results: Mikaela Shiffrin Begins Gold Chase

Giant Slalom Live Results: Mikaela Shiffrin Begins Gold Chase
Women’s giant slalom postponed due to high winds
n“Due to strong winds and the weather forecast today’s GS is postponed,” read a statement from the International Ski Federation (FIS).

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The first event of the Alpine skiing, the men’s downhill, in Pyeongchang was also postponed from Sunday until Thursday because of high winds at the other venue in Jeongseon.

An announcement on when the giant slalom will be rescheduled will be made later on Monday.

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If America grows weary of skier Mikaela Shiffrin before she even hits the slopes, it’s not her fault.

Women's giant slalom postponed due to high winds
Women’s giant slalom postponed due to high winds

Shiffrin’s bid not just to repeat as a gold medalist but to compete in as many as five individual Alpine events, with an eye on winning three or more, has been one of NBC’s favorite storylines for the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics and embraced by sponsors such as Xfinity and Visa.

Women's giant slalom postponed due to high winds
Women’s giant slalom postponed due to high winds

But would it hurt anyone to dial it back just a bit, at least until she wins something? The all-out blitz risks overkill in the meantime.

She went to the 2015 world championships heavily favored to defend her world title and bearing the added pressure of being an Olympic champion competing at Beaver Creek, only four miles from her EagleVail home. She claimed the gold medal again.

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With the approach of her first scheduled event in South Korea, the giant slalom which was set to air live Sunday night, the increasingly frequent promos featuring the 22-year-old gave her screen time to rival prime-time host Mike Tirico, if not fellow Team USA skier Lindsey Vonn.

Alpine Skiing – Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympics – Women’s Giant Slalom – Yongpyong Alpine Centre – Pyeongchang, South Korea – February 12, 2018 – Crew members are seen as the women’s giant slalom at the Winter Olympics is postponed due to high winds at the Yongpyong Alpine Centre. REUTERS/Jorge SilvaAny delay to the 11.30 am (0230 GMT) start time would immediately trigger a decision to run the slalom element of the combined event under lights as a night race at 6 pm (0900 GMT), Waldner said.

It turned out all that could stop the blizzard of hype and hope was the weather.

Hopes are high that the winds will ease on Thursday, allowing both the men’s downhill at the Jeongseon mountain and the women’s giant slalom at Yongpyong to go ahead. The men’s Super G has been rescheduled for Friday, which was due to be a rest day.

Low temperatures and high winds at the Yongpyong Alpine Centre — “Enough wind up here to cancel a windsurfing competition,” NBC’s Steve Porino said — forced postponement of the women’s GS to Wednesday night’s show and brought an abrupt but only temporary halt to NBC’s Shiffrin storm.

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Expect NBC’s own gusts to return to full strength and then some in advance of the women’s slalom, the event Shiffrin won at the Sochi Olympics four years ago. That’s set to air in prime time Tuesday, assuming the weather still isn’t a problem. It’s her best event, and it can’t come soon enough.

It's Crazy Mikaela Shiffrin Will Aim for 3 Skiing Golds. It's Crazier She May Get Them.
It’s Crazy Mikaela Shiffrin Will Aim for 3 Skiing Golds. It’s Crazier She May Get Them.

Even the best sales pitch for something truly wonderful grows tedious when there’s a delay in delivering the goods.

Waldner also said he had a plan to get the men’s downhill racers on to the Jeongseon piste on Wednesday but was not able to give full details until it had been approved by the International Olympic Committee.
It's Crazy Mikaela Shiffrin Will Aim for 3 Skiing Golds. It's Crazier She May Get Them.
It’s Crazy Mikaela Shiffrin Will Aim for 3 Skiing Golds. It’s Crazier She May Get Them.

Some of the attention Shiffrin has received was not by design. She opted not to participate in the opening ceremony, but an interview she and her mother gave Katie Couric aired before the network’s coverage Friday. Amid easily forgotten fluff about how her mom is her best friend and so on, Shiffrin made a comment about how she sometimes would prefer to “Netflix and chill” rather than train.

“We are confident especially for Thursday,” Waldner said, adding that the men’s downhill had now been moved back half an hour to 11.30 am local time to allow the women’s race to start later.

Social media immediately lit up with the consensus view it was odd none of the three women responded in a way that suggested they knew what “Netflix and chill” has come to mean to people’s Shiffrin’s age. (Google it.)

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Not that there is anything wrong with it, but it is more Ryan Lochte than Michael Phelps, whose dominance of a sport is what Shiffrin seeks to match.

The Phelps-like audacity of what Shiffrin is attempting — looking to triumph in the technically demanding slalom and GS as well as the so-called speed events, the downhill and super-G — should be enough to garner attention in and of itself.

Only two men and one woman have won three Alpine skiing gold medals in a single Olympics, and no one has won more than four in a career. Everything else is just marketing.

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