Winter Olympics 2018: Shiffrin philosophical over slalom failure

Mikaela Shiffrin offered a philosophical reflection on her surprise failure to win an Olympic slalom gold medal, saying "that is life".

The American superstar was a strong favourite to retain her title in Pyeongchang on Thursday, but could only finish fourth.

Shiffrin has won 21 of her last 27 World Cup slalom races, but was unable to secure a podium finish 24 hours after claiming giant slalom gold.

The 22-year-old initially described missing out on another medal as a "really big bummer", but has now taken the disappointment on the chin.

 

I've gone over it a thousand times in my head, and I don't think I could have done it differently even if I got a second chance. I keep thinking that maybe if I was able to control my emotions more after the Giant Slalom, I would have had more energy for the Slalom and maybe I could have put more into that race, maybe I would have had better control of my nerves, maybe... But after 5 days of schedule changes and waiting to race, and without the day between those races to reset and recharge, I wasn't able to manage it. And you know what? I wouldn't change that for the world. It's the Olympics, and for me that's about showing heart and passion as much as it is about medals. So I wouldn't take back my emotions or excitement after the GS in order to have better shot at a SL medal too. You know, it's not necessarily the medalists who get the most out of the Olympics. It's those who are willing to strip down to nothing and bear their soul for their love of the game. That is so much greater than Gold, Silver, or Bronze. We all want a medal, but not everyone will get one. Some are going to leave here feeling like heroes, some will leave heartbroken, and some will have had moments when the felt both- because we care. That is real. That is life. It's amazing and terrifying and wonderful and brutal and exciting and nerve racking and beautiful. And honestly, I'm just so grateful to be part of that. ? (pc: AP)

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She posted on Instagram: "I've gone over it a thousand times in my head, and I don't think I could have done it differently even if I got a second chance.

"I keep thinking that maybe if I was able to control my emotions more after the Giant Slalom, I would have had more energy for the Slalom and maybe I could have put more into that race, maybe I would have had better control of my nerves, maybe.

"But after 5 days of schedule changes and waiting to race, and with no day between those races to recharge, I wasn't able to manage it. And you know what? I wouldn't change that for the world. For me the Olympics is about showing heart and passion as much as it is about medals.

"I wouldn't take back my emotions or excitement after the GS in order to have better shot at a SL medal too. It's not necessarily the medalists who get the most out of the Olympics. It's those who are willing to strip down to nothing and bear their soul for their love of the game.

"That is so much greater than Gold, Silver, or Bronze. We all want a medal, but not everyone will get one. Some are going to leave here feeling like heroes, some will leave heartbroken, and some will have had moments when the felt both - because we care.

"That is real. That is life. It's amazing and terrifying and wonderful and brutal and exciting and nerve racking and beautiful. And honestly, I'm just so grateful to be part of that."

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