Shiffrin Ninth In Super G; Wright Returns To Competition
Mikaela Shiffrin came back in Friday's super-G reset and ready to race, finishing ninth overall, 0.79 off of gold medalist Lara Gut-Behrami's pace. Austria's Mirjam Puchner grabbed the silver medal, while Switzerland's Michelle Gisin rounded out the podium with the bronze.
The nerves built up from the past couple of days had not disappeared, but the feeling of getting back out on skis reminded her that not every day at the Beijing 2022 Olympics is going to feel like a bad day. As she wrote in her Instagram post after the event, "the girl who failed...could also fly."
"I feel more positive, and a little bit of relief after skiing the super G, to know that it’s not so difficult," she said. "Good skiing is good skiing. I feel a lot more optimistic right now."
Since her second DNF at the Winter Olympic Games, Shiffrin has received an outpouring of support from fans across the globe. And Shiffrin, ever-humble, does not feel like she deserves it. The sheer number of positive messages she's received has been "insane" she said, and there's not enough time in the day for her to fully express to each and every person how much their efforts to cheer her up means to her.
"I would never have expected in this moment, severely underperforming in an Olympics, that humans can be so kind," she gushed. "It’s the most surprising thing of my Olympic experience. How kind people have been in the face of my failure. It is a failure, and I’m okay saying that. I’m sorry for it, but I was also trying, and I’m proud of that."
In her first competition back since she fractured her tallus bone in the second of two FIS Ski World Cup super-G races in St. Moritz, Switzerland, Bella Wright pulled out a 21st place finish in her Olympic debut.
"Honestly I didn't know what to expect (of my Olympic experience), but the snow is absolutely amazing, the hill is one of the coolest hills I've ever skied, and I'm loving it," Wright said after she cleared through the finish.
Keely Cashman finished 27th in her Olympic debut. Alix Wilkinson did not finish, but showed some promising skiing in the first two intervals and is OK.
The women kick off downhill training on Saturday, Feb. 12. Over the next couple of days, the athletes have the opportunity to train on the course before the competition gets underway on Tuesday, Feb. 15. The race will air on NBC Primetime at 10 p.m. EST on Monday, Feb. 14.
HOW TO WATCH
*All times EST
Friday, Feb. 11, 2022
8:00 p.m. Primetime – Alpine Skiing Women’s Downhill (Live) & Snowboarding Mixed Team Snowboardcross (Live), NBC Broadcast
Saturday, Feb. 12, 2022
4:05 a.m. Mixed Team Snowboardcross Finals & Women’s Alpine Downhill Training (re-air), NBC Broadcast
11:00 p.m. Alpine Skiing - Women's Downhill Training, National Alpine Skiing Center, Yanqing District, Beijing, CHN, USA Network
11:30 p.m. Alpine Skiing - Men's Giant Slalom - First Run, Freeski - Women’s Slopestyle Qualifying, Ski Jumping - Men’s Large Hill Final, NBC Broadcast
5:30 a.m. Primetime - Men's Giant Slalom, Yanqing District, Beijing, CHN, NBC Broadcast