Has been for years. She comes into the competition in good form in 2018. And, yes, so is she. "I had a smile on my face and tried to ski as fast as I could", she said. "I know that I'm the best slalom skier in the world because I've done that [good] skiing so much", she said.
She spoke those words after failing to live up to that billing.
"After yesterday, it was such an emotional high, and I think nearly feeling that kind of emotion it was like I let myself feel too much yesterday and then I had too much of, like, peaks and valleys, and it was too much of a peak yesterday and too much of a valley today". To cross the finish line and seeing the green line, you know it's a medal, and a great chance to win a gold medal. "Sometimes I feel the only one who can beat myself in slalom is me".
Also competing for Team USA in the women's slalom, Megan McJames finished 36th, and Alice Merryweather, who is normally a speed skier, was thrilled to finish two runs in her first Olympic race.
The 22-year-old American was the fourth racer to take the course and wound up 0.48 seconds behind current leader Wendy Holdener of Switzerland.
"A lot of surprises today", Holdener said. Norway's Ragnhild Mowinckel won the silver medal with a time of 2:20.41. "I don't know how to explain it, it's insane", she added.
The biggest news 30 miles (50 kilometers) away at the Yongpyong Alpine Center, really, was Shiffrin's showing. She finished four-tenths of a second from gold. The giant slalom gold medal Shiffrin won on Thursday in PyeongChang came at a cost: it left her exhausted and anxious for her strongest event, the slalom, the following day.
After attending the medal ceremony Thursday night, Shiffrin said, she didn't get to bed until around 10 p.m., roughly 1½ hours later than normal during the Pyeongchang Games.
Hansdotter upstages vomiting Shiffrin for slalom gold Hansdotter upstages vomiting Shiffrin for slalom gold
Said Brignone: "She is much stronger than the rest of us right now - not physically, but mentally, and with the way she works and prepares". "I had a good day today".
She said she was a little drained after all the interviews and other commitments that followed her win in the giant slalom on Thursday. So I can really feel at home here. Her Olympics are not yet over, so they can not yet fully be assessed.
Shiffrin, who confirmed she would skip the super-G, added: "I don't really have any particular excuses".
If Shiffrin misses the super-G and downhill, it would leave her with just the Alpine combined event on Friday, giving her a maximum of two medals if she has success in the latter.
Shiffrin completed her first run in 49.37 - putting her almost half a second behind Holdener, at 48.89. Shiffrin captured gold in the slalom as an 18-year-old four years ago in Sochi. "I wasn't as nervous as I thought I would be". "Less about what everybody else wants to see". Last season, she showed her complete form by becoming the World Cup overall champion, a status that takes in finishes in all disciplines.
Vonn said on her Twitter account Friday: "Getting amped up!"
It was a rough day in Pyeongchang for Mikaela Shiffrin and Nathan Chen.
Zhou scored a season-best 82.53 points Friday, easily the best of the first group of skaters. "I'll be doing the combined, so I am looking forward to that". "We got the ball rolling and I'm really excited for tomorrow". Yeah, today is no different than that. "Some day I'll be able to understand that it's part of life and I'm just learning".
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