start reading

Mikaela Shiffrin Has Lost Her Skiing Balance

Shiffrin

+
+
+

+
+
+

+ + +

Shiffrin skied

gold medalist

Shiffrin skied off course early in the race for the second day in a row. As she prepares for the super-G, the two-time gold medalist is shaken.

+ + +

+
+
+

Her extraordinary balance has set her apart from her competitors since she burst onto the international ski scene a decade ago.

+ + +

+
+
+

+ +

+
+
+

Shiffrin

Shiffrin seemed perfectly at ease on the steep as she whizzed around gates, winning some races by nearly three seconds.

icy slopes where world-class skiers battle each other and the mountain. She made a risky sport look elegant. Even if she lost,

mountain

icy slopes

+ +

+ +

Even when she didn't win, it wasn't because she skied off course and didn't finish.

finish

- she skied

+ +

+ +

disappeared.

For now, at the worst possible moment and for the second time in three days, that preternatural balance has disappeared. 

+ + +

+
+
+

She was a favourite going into Wednesday's slalom, but she was out after only a few turns, a victim of Olympic pressure, expectations, and bad luck.

+ + +

+
+
+