BEIJING — Mikaela Shiffrin and the American blended ski group missed out on a medal by 0.42 seconds, shedding within the bronze matchup Sunday to cap an exasperating Beijing Olympics for the two-time gold medalist who’s going dwelling empty handed.
“I’ve had plenty of disappointing moments at these Video games, right now is just not certainly one of them,” Shiffrin mentioned. “Immediately is my favourite reminiscence.”
The highest-ranked Austrians gained gold within the Winter Video games’ second iteration of the blended group parallel occasion, holding off Germany within the closing.
The U.S. primarily used Shiffrin on the slower of the parallel programs, and she or he misplaced three of her 4 heats, together with within the bronze matchup in opposition to Norway. Teammate River Radamus delivered the win the U.S. wanted within the final warmth to power a 2-2 impasse, however he wasn’t quick sufficient to tilt the tiebreaker — mixed instances of the quickest man and girl — to the People’ favor.
“River, I imply, we’re watching you on the backside there, and the very fact you’re snowboarding so strongly, you’re giving us hope, that’s the most important win you possibly can give us,” Shiffrin mentioned to Radamus.
Shiffrin went 0 for five in her bid for a person medal in Beijing. She solely reached the end line at two particular person occasions, coming in ninth within the super-G and 18th within the downhill, her two worst contests. She solely lasted about 5 gates in large slalom, 5 gates within the slalom and 10 within the slalom portion of the two-leg mixed.
“I’d say that my teammates are what carried me via this Olympics,” she mentioned after the group occasion, earlier than turning to her teammates. “These are my absolute favourite recollections. I simply wish to say thanks for that.”
The 26-year-old Shiffrin simply managed the large slalom course within the first spherical and beat Slovakia’s Rebeka Jancova — certainly one of few victories by skiers on the slower crimson course. River Radamus and Paula Moltzan gained their heats by even bigger margins because the U.S. superior.
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Shiffrin misplaced her quarterfinal race from the crimson slope in opposition to Italy’s Marta Bassino by 2 hundredths of a second. The sixth-seeded People nonetheless superior with a 3-1 upset of the third seed.
Shiffrin went down the slower crimson course within the semifinals and was narrowly crushed by Germany’s Lena Duerr. Radamus gained his warmth, and Moltzan appeared set to place the U.S. up 2-1 on the sooner blue course earlier than slipping with three gates left. Her opponent, Emma Aicher, additionally fell, however she earned Germany the purpose by making it simply barely additional down the hill.
Tommy Ford was then unable to win from the crimson course, dropping the People into the bronze match.
“I don’t suppose you may emphasize sufficient how unbelievable it’s for us to be right here and be within the hunt for a medal,” Shiffrin mentioned. “I get that individuals will say we got here up brief, however the factor is, to have this depth on our group coming from the U.S., competing in a European dominated sport … it was unbelievable.”
Austria additionally tied within the closing in opposition to the Germans, however Stefan Brennsteiner and Katharina Liensberger took their heats in a sooner mixed time than Lena Duerr and Alexander Schmid. Austria gained silver within the occasion’s debut on the Pyeongchang Video games 4 years in the past.
The blended group occasion was postponed a day after gusts at as much as about 40 mph (65 kph) saved skiers off the slopes Saturday. Shiffrin and many of the U.S. group had been scheduled to fly out of China early Sunday however modified their plans to stay within the group occasion. Many skiers have been probably wanting to depart with the World Cup circuit resuming subsequent weekend, with the ladies in Switzerland and the lads in Germany.
Circumstances have been calmer Sunday, with gusts reaching round 25 mph (40 kph), however temperatures dipped to minus 3 levels Fahrenheit (minus 20 levels Celsius). Skiers huddled on the backside of the course in white comforters they apparently introduced from their rooms.
The blended group occasion pits teams of as much as six skiers face to face down parallel large slalom programs — males in opposition to males, girls in opposition to girls. There are 4 races per match within the 16-team bracket, and tiebreakers are damaged by mixed instances for the highest-scoring women and men for every group in that match.
The occasion has drawn little curiosity from the game’s prime skiers, each due to they don’t love the format and since it’s so near the tip of the Video games. When blended group debuted in 2018, 15 of that 12 months’s 23 particular person medal winners skipped it, together with Shiffrin.
This 12 months, solely certainly one of Alpine’s 10 gold medalists participated — Austria’s Johannes Strolz. Solely 15 groups even entered, so No. 1 seed Austria acquired a first-round bye.
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