By HOWARD FENDRICH, AP National Writer
BEIJING (AP) — Mikaela Shiffrin has confirmed that she will indeed be competing in a downhill at the Winter Olympics for the first time on Tuesday. And she says she’s changing her way of thinking about what’s at stake as she prepares for her fourth event in Beijing.
“It will be really good to race tomorrow. But you don’t really come to the Olympics to feel good,” Shiffrin said after finishing Monday’s second practice session on the course known as The Rock at Yanqing Alpine Ski Center with the 15th fastest time. the fastest among women who did not miss. a door. “It’s going to be intense and a little nervous, that’s for sure.”
Unexpected help, she said, arrived on Sunday, when what was supposed to be another training session was canceled due to heavy snowfall.
Shiffrin said it was his only day off in the space of about 2.5 weeks.
“It was nice to rest, recover, kind of have a workout and prime the muscles,” she said.
The two-time alpine skiing gold medalist did not complete her first runs in either of her initial two events, the two-run giant slalom and the slalom, before finishing ninth in the super-G, another race in which she did not. had not participated before. at the Olympics.
As a specialist in the technical disciplines of slalom and giant slalom, downhill speed and super-G events are still new and ongoing for Shiffrin.
She has 47 World Cup victories in slalom – more than anyone else in any race – and 14 in giant slalom, including four in super-G and two in downhill.
And although she said, “There’s always a part of you that thinks, ‘Maybe there’s a chance,'” when it comes to a top-three result on Tuesday , Shiffrin gave new insight into his state of mind.
“I don’t focus on the medal anymore. It’s just trying to do my best every day. Anyway, it’s my best chance to win a medal. So maybe it’s a bit of a paradox…that your best chance of having that performance is to stop thinking about the performance and focus on what you’re doing at that moment,” Shiffrin said, 26 years. “So I just try to be present in the moment, especially with the descent.”
Beyond that, this time devoted to this event earned him help in Thursday’s alpine combined, which adds the times of a downhill and a slalom run. She won a silver medal in combined at the 2018 Pyeongchang Olympics.
The downhill champion four years ago, Italian Sofia Goggia, was fourth fastest on Monday behind Swiss Joana Haehlen and believes she will be able to fight for a top spot despite a serious knee and ankle injury. left leg in an accident during a super-G. three weeks ago.
“I didn’t think about the leg at all,” Goggia said, “and I think it was obvious.”
___ AP Sports Writer Andrew Dampf contributed to this report.
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