Mikaela Shiffrin’s 2022 Winter Olympics went from bad to worse on Tuesday.
The three-time Olympic medalist skipped her second consecutive race, this time in the women’s slalom.
Shiffrin was the seventh skier to compete Tuesday, and she missed an early gate. She also crashed and missed a gate in her first Olympic race in the women’s giant slalom, an event where she won gold at the 2018 PyeongChang Games.
She remained seated at the side of the slalom course as the competition continued.
“I think I just slipped,” an emotional Shiffrin said. “I mean, I was planning on getting some gas, and there wasn’t really room in the course to, I don’t know, even slide, not even a little bit. I didn’t give myself room for that. In my experience, this mentality has brought my best skiing. Today I walked out the fifth door. So here is.
“It makes me doubt, like, the last 15 years, everything I thought I knew about my own skiing, slalom and racing mentality. Just dealing with a lot for sure.
Even with Shiffrin’s shock exit, there will be a new Olympic champion in women’s slalom. Sweden’s Frida Hansdotter, the 2018 winner, withdrew from the competition, leaving Switzerland’s Wendy Holdener and Austria’s Katharina Gallhuber as the only runners seeking back-to-back medals in the event.
Shiffrin won gold in women’s slalom aged 18 at the 2014 Sochi Olympics. She couldn’t defend her Olympic title in that event and just missed out on the 2018 podium, finishing fourth. with a combined time just 0.08 seconds behind Gallhuber.
Three other American competitors are ready to hit the slopes. Paula Moltzan will be the 13th skier, Katie Hensien will go 40th and AJ Hurt will go 47th.
Run two of the women’s slalom is scheduled to start at 12:45 a.m. ET Wednesday, though Shiffrin won’t have an impact.
Shiffrin previously said she plans to compete in all five individual alpine events at the 2022 Winter Olympics. Next on the schedule is Thursday’s women’s super-G.