Mikaela Shiffrin didn't medal in the slalom, her best event, at the Winter Olympics.
Additionally, the schedule will hurt Shiffrin's medal count. Her quick interval times seemed to be promising a trip to the podium, perhaps even a shot at gold.
Defending champion Mikaela Shiffrin vomited and complained of virus-like symptoms after a disappointing first leg in Friday's Olympic slalom. They mentioned her struggle with nerves in the past, but after her run, Shiffrin said it felt more like "a virus". "It was nearly like a food poisoning feeling where I was just like, 'What is happening?'". "And then there were moments where I thought 'Who cares?" My family? The media?
PYEONGCHANG, Korea, Republic Of - Frida Hansdotter looked at her time on the video board - hardly believing it was true - and let out a yell. She skied the top of the course well, but was a little sloppy through the middle section and finished.08 seconds out of first place.
One down, several to go for the 22-year-old, who produced an explosive second run to beat Norway's Ragnhild Mowinckel to the title by 0.39 seconds, with Italian Federica Brignone claiming bronze.
Shiffrin said she will nap before the second run, which is scheduled for 11:15 p.m. ET. "I was quite conservative". I guess I got through to the finish.
Shiffrin acknowledged, "I am not super psyched with it". "Unfortunately I wasn't clean enough, but I'm looking forward to the second run". Shiffrin entered the games hoping for five medals.
Hansdotter finished on the podium in the slalom at the past three World Championships, coming third in 2013 and 2017 and second in 2015.
When asked what she would do to adjust in her second run, Shiffrin replied: "Same thing as yesterday, no holding back". It's nice to have that first run out of the way. This season she's raced seven World Cup slalom races. And through the first several gates, she was on pace to do just that. The only slalom she didn't lead this season was January 9 in Flachau, Austria, where she was second, trailing only one racer - Austria's Bernadette Schild - by.37 seconds.
Her whole Olympics are shifting now.
There would be no such magic Friday afternoon. Speaking to journalists after her first run, she alluded to the compressed schedule - and the disruption in her nightly routine. The times are added together, and the fastest total time determines the victor. To the surprise of many, she'll take home three at the most now.
"She brought out a lot more natural skiing in the second run that was far less rigid", coach Mike Day said. But racing the giant slalom and slalom on back-to-back days is also no easy task.
Shiffrin raced in the slalom one day after winning gold in the giant slalom.
Usually in bed by 8.30 p.m., the three-time world champion said she did not get to bed until 10 p.m. on Thursday because of the giant slalom medal ceremony.
"Right now, I'm more disappointed with how I felt on my skis today than being in fourth", Shiffrin said later. "It's not normal races". And it's what she thinks caused her to get sick Friday.