Winter Olympics 2018: Shiffrin withdraws from downhill


Skiing star Mikaela Shiffrin has withdrawn from the Olympic downhill competition in order to focus on the rescheduled alpine combined.

Shiffrin already has giant slalom gold to her name in Pyeongchang, but she failed to defend her slalom title on Friday, finishing fourth as Sweden's Frida Hansdotter came out on top.

Unpredictable weather conditions at the Yongpyong Alpine Centre have played havoc with the Games' scheduling throughout the competition, with yet more inclement conditions forcing the alpine combined to be brought forward to Thursday.

And, having blamed her failure to medal in the slalom on the punishing schedule, Shiffrin is leaving little to chance in her bid for combined glory.

She said in a statement: "As much as I wanted to compete in the Olympic downhill, with the schedule change it's important for me to focus my energy on preparing for the combined.

"I'm looking forward to cheering on our girls racing in the downhill and to compete in Thursday's combined."

Shiffrin placed 36th overall in the 2017 World Cup downhill standings, but came sixth in the combined.