Mikaela Shiffrin pulls out of women's downhill event

Mikaela Shiffrin will not race in the women's downhill event at the 2018 Winter Olympics in PyeongChang, the United ...

Posted: Feb 19, 2018 4:14 PM
Updated: Feb 19, 2018 4:14 PM

Mikaela Shiffrin will not race in the women's downhill event at the 2018 Winter Olympics in PyeongChang, the United States Ski Team confirmed Monday morning. It's the second consecutive event that Shiffrin has opted not to enter.

In order to avoid competing on back-to-back days, which bit her earlier these Games, Shiffrin will skip Tuesday's downhill event and focus on the super combined, which was moved up a day due to weather and will now take place on Wednesday.

Her schedule for the rest of the Games is still unconfirmed. Though her hopes of winning five gold medals in PyeongChang are dashed, she could still, hypothetically, leave with three. Shiffrin previously indicated she was unlikely to enter the team event, set for Friday, but that remains a possibiltiy. 

Immediately following her downhill training run on Sunday, it appeared that Shiffrin had plans to compete in the downhill event.

"I want to (race), for sure," she said after her training run put her in 16th place. "But I don't know. ... I definitely want to pick up my speed in sections, so that's my biggest goal tomorrow and then we'll see."

The slalom specialist was affected by a back-to-back earlier in PyeongChang when weather delays forced her to race the slalom one day after the giant slalom. 

Shiffrin, 22, succeeded in taking gold in her first event, giant slalom, on Feb. 14, but was unable to defend her 2014 Sochi gold in the slalom the next day. After an evening medal ceremony and a gauntlet of media interviews, she finished fourth -- off the podium in what is considered her favorite event. 

Prior to deciding not to race in the downhill, Shiffrin also pulled out of the super-G, which came one day after her fourth-place finish in slalom.

The U.S. Ski Team will officially anounce its four entries in the women's downhill event following the final training run Monday night at 9p ET. LIVE STREAM

Lindsey Vonn, who purposefully slowed up near the finish line to place third in the latest training, and Alice McKennis, who placed ninth, are expected to be two of the entrants. Other Americans include Breezy Johnson, Laurenne Ross, Alice Merryweather and Stacey Cook. 

The women's downhill event will go on without Shiffrin Tuesday night at 9p ET. LIVE STREAM

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