OLYMPICS: Vail Colorado's Mikaela Shiffrin Wins Gold for Team USA in Women's Giant Slalom

February 15, 2018

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Vail's Mikaela Shiffrin took home the gold in giant slalom on Thursday in her Pyeongchang Olympic debut, winning her second career Olympic gold medal. This isnt even her best event! 

The 22-year-old American standout trailed by 0.20 seconds heading into the last run, but made up ground by powering through ruts that had developed on the course. 
Shiffrin finished 0.39 seconds ahead of Norway’s Ragnhild Mowinckel at Yongpyong Alpine Center. Federica Brignone of Italy captured bronze, 0.46 behind Shiffrin’s combined time of 2 minutes, 20.02 seconds.

Shiffrin's best event is slalom, which she is a favorite to win when it kicks off Friday. She won gold at the event at 2014 in Sochi as an 18-year-old.