Mikaela Shiffrin nabs giant slalom gold, pulls out of Super-G

Shiffrin is expected to compete in all five individual Alpine events and win up to three gold medals.

"The Olympics is not about protecting the lead", she said "It's about putting your best on the line". A poor run dropped her into eighth place, giving Shiffrin the gold. She became the first American to win the woman's giant slalom at an Olympics since Julia Mancuso in 2006.

Savchenko, 32, came into these Olympics - her fifth - having won everything but an Olympic gold medal over her remarkable career. "Sometimes I really fall asleep, and when I wake up, it feels like a new day, and I have to figure out where I am".

"It's unfortunate. It's an outdoor sport and we got hit hard by the weather", he said.

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"I kind of put pressure on myself and wanted to honor those who were lost today".

As well she should be.

This is Shiffrin's second Olympic gold medal.

Shiffrin sank to her knees and sobbed tears of joy before hugging her coach as Italy's Manuela Moelgg, running last of the gold medal contenders, failed to reproduce the form that saw her pip the favourite in the morning. She still intends to enter the downhill and combined. "That actually started to weigh on me a little bit more and I had to actually, during the season previous year, I had to re-evaluate my own goals and my own expectations and remind myself that in the past those goals were the only things that were important to me and I have to go back to that mindset in order to stay sane in the sport". You gotta try, you're here!'

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"The toughest thing is just to mentally tide yourself over until it is time to go", she said.

Shiffrin finished in a time of 2min 20.02sec, 0.39 seconds quicker than surprise silver medallist Ragnhild Mowinckel of Norway, who had only claimed two World Cup podiums at senior-level before today. Beat Feuz of Switzerland took bronze, 0.18 behind Svindal's time of 1 minute, 40.25 seconds. He was 64 when he won gold in 1912 and eight years later also competed in the 1920 Winter Olympics.

In second position after the first run, Shiffrin took a deep breath before charging out of the gate. The parking lots filled hours before the first run, and while some spectators scrambled eggs and sipped flasks at their auto fenders, others hustled straight to the grandstand to get a good view of Mikaela Shiffrin, the 21-year-old national phenom. "The fact of the matter is that the British guys are fast because we're good at sliding".

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Shiffrin has battled with nerves and has been close to vomiting before races in the past. That's quite a difference from the last few days when three of the opening four races were postponed because of weather and strong wind.

She acknowledged mental fatigue and took a couple of days off. "This is a big deal for her to win this race, and I think GS is the fundamental event of alpine ski racing".

Don't compare her to that other well-known blonde female skier. And I don't want to ... follow in her footsteps. She covered her ski goggles with both hands, taking the moment in.

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