Mikaela Shiffrin of the US in movement during the ladies slalom of the Alpine Skiing World Cup previous month.
Pyeongchang, South Korea: Mikaela Shiffrin tells she keeps her Sochi slalom gold medal concealed away in a sock. She may require a little more socks to hide the five gold-medal haul the alpine skiing superstar could goal at Pyeongchang. Shiffrin stormed to gold in the most technical of contest four years before at the age of quite 18, a year later she gained the first of her three consecutive world championship slalom titles. At present 22, she has preserved her form and this season has racked up 10 World Cup victories across five disciplines, involving five straight gains in January.
Shiffrin said Saturday, “The medals, I put them in socks!” with her opening attack in Pyeongchang approaching in the giant slalom on Monday.
She also said,”I had heard before Sochi that it’s a good place to keep your medal, you put it in a sock and it keeps it kind of safe and then you can pack it away somewhere.”
“I’m not going to tell you the exact location in case you want to go into my house and steal it!” Shiffrin said that while her Sochi gold was hided away, “I did hang up my world championships medals in my room but more because I had deadspace on my wall.”
Turning to which contest she may take part in, she confessed she “would like to compete in everything”. The initiation giant slalom is followed by Shiffrin’s slalom title defence, the super-G, downhill, integrated and team contests. It is a plan the American herself could have scripted in the opportunity of bagging various medals.
She said, “But I’m not actually sure whether I’ll have the energy to do (all) that.”
She also said, “Right now I’m focusing on giant slalom and slalom and after that switching the focus to speed.”
At that instant, the US coaches have the conclusion say on who completes as the best medal contender, with Shiffrin permitted the choice to pull herself out of races if she does not feel prepared.
She said, “Right now, we’re looking at any possibility.”
Shiffrin said she had got over a bit blip in present season when she disappointed in Cortina and failed to complete the Lenzerheide slalom. Those setbacks followed a scintillating late December/early January when she was near unstoppable.
She said, “We had a tonne of races all back-to-back, I was rested and had great training and preparation going into that so I was able to carry my momentum through that whole stretch.”
She added, “Then after that I got tired, going into the Cortina series put me over the edge a little bit.”
She also said, “At the Lenzerheide slalom when I didn’t finish three gates from the finish, for me that was a defining moment that I needed to take a step back and get some rest.”
She claimed that she was now back to her previous self, having touched down in South Korea nine days before for proper adaption, rest and some training.
She said, “I’m feeling good.” She also said, “I really like the conditions. Training’s been great, I’m ready to go.”
Shiffrin feels under no stress to medal as a favourite.
She said,“The expectations come more from myself.”
She added, “I care, I want to medal in multiple disciplines.“To be here and to know I can actually excel at almost all the events is really cool.”
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