High winds postpone Olympic women's giant slalom

MikaelaShiffrin- Cropped

MikaelaShiffrin- Cropped

In one of her more lyrical moments, Mikaela Shiffrin described the difference between slalom and downhill, the two events at the extreme ends of alpine skiing, in musical terms.

Shiffrin's dominance on the World Cup circuit has enthusiasts thinking she could become the "Winter Games Michael Phelps", the American swimmer who holds the all-time record of 23 gold medals, a comparison she was quick to dismiss. "All those things that are kind of part of who I am sort of disappear".

The giant slalom, which was set to be US star Mikaela Shiffrin's first event of these Winter Games, was put off to another day about three hours before it was scheduled to begin Monday.

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

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"She's so impressive about staying focused in the process", said Mike Day, Shiffrin's coach with the USA team.

Shiffrin knew it was time for a bit of a break when she went off-course with only a handful of gates left in a slalom at Lenzerheide, Switzerland, on january 28.

"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.

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.

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"But I'm not actually sure whether I'll have the energy to do (all) that", she said.

"I'm feeling good", she said.

"That's insane", says Shiffrin.

Shiffrin feels under no pressure to medal as a favourite.

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