Published: Mon, February 12, 2018
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Mikaela Shiffrin ready to sock it to them

Mikaela Shiffrin ready to sock it to them

Mikaela Shiffrin and the rest of the women's giant slalom racers get a rare chance to open the Alpine schedule at the Olympics.

Making her Olympic debut at age 18 in Sochi, Shiffrin became the youngest women's slalom champion in Olympic history in 2014.

The 22-year-old slalom gold medalist from Sochi has racked up 10 World Cup victories this season but has managed to reach the podium just once in her last six races, a disappointing dip she attributed to fatigue.

Not so much physically exhausted - although that is a constant factor with the daily grind of the World Cup circuit - as she was simply mentally wiped out. Best of luck to your medal trackers.

"I'm not going to tell you the exact location in case you want to go into my house and steal it!"

"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.

Turning to which events she might take part in, she admitted she "would like to compete in everything". "So right now I'm focusing on GS and slalom and after that I'll be switching the focus to speed".

"Yeah, um, I'm not sure where to start, exactly", Shiffrin said, rolling her eyes a bit as she searched for the right words. 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".

Those setbacks followed a scintillating late December/early January when she was near unbeatable. "To be quite simple in what I'm doing is how I get to perform better, and then I have to stay focused in the moments when I really need to", says Worley, born to a French mother and Australian father. "I really like the conditions".

Shiffrin has one medal so far. "The giant slalom is the most competitive for the women", says Rebensburg, with only Italian Deborah Compagnoni having previously won two golds (1994, 1998).

"To be here and to know I can actually excel at nearly all the events is really cool". "I care, I want to medal in multiple disciplines".

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