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LIVE UPDATES: Mikaela Shiffrin sets sights on women's slalom gold

LIVE UPDATES: Mikaela Shiffrin sets sights on women's slalom gold
Posted at 5:11 PM, Feb 08, 2022
and last updated 2022-02-08 21:54:40-05

Mikaela Shiffrin is back in action Tuesday night, looking to avenge her shock crash in the giant slalom as she tackles her favorite event: the women’s slalom.

It’s arguably the 26-year-old’s best shot at a gold medal at the 2022 Winter Olympics and the same event in which she burst onto the scene in Sochi, winning gold as an 18-year-old phenom.

To do it, she’ll not only have to negotiate the same “Ice River” course that swallowed her up 48 hours earlier in the GS, but do it quicker than her rivals which include Slovakia’s Petra Vlhova and Sweden’s Sara Hector, the GS gold medalist. Both women have had success against Shiffrin during the World Cup season.

But make no mistake, Shiffrin is the odds-on favorite to win any slalom race she enters. She’ll be joined by U.S. teammates Paula Moltzan, AJ Hurt and Katie Hensien in the event, which spans two runs. The athlete with the lowest combined time across both runs will top the podium.

Don’t miss the action LIVE on NBC starting at 9:15 p.m. ET, and follow along with our LIVE BLOG below for updates as the action unfolds.

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LIVE BLOG

9:48 p.m. ET – After DNF, Shiffrin finally skis down

After missing a gate and eliminating herself from the competition, Mikaela Shiffrin took 25 minutes before making her way down the "Ice River" course. It's her second DNF in as many events at these Winter Olympics.

SEE MORE: Mikaela Shiffrin eliminated from women's slalom after second consecutive Olympic DNF

9:21 p.m. ET – Shiffrin heads to gate

After five skiers, Lena Duerr, the first skier down, continues to lead with a time of 52.17. Shiffrin skies seventh.

 

9:18 p.m. ET – Vlhova struggles in first run

After not factoring into the giant slalom medal picture, slalom World Cup champion Petra Vlhova finished her first run .72 behind Germany's Lena Duerr, who was first down. The deficit might be too great to recover even with a stellar Run 2.

 

8:50 p.m. ET – Ice River conditions 'perfect'

It's a fine day for slalom racing in Yanqing, according to U.S. Ski & Snowboard, with the women's slalom Run 1 just 25 minutes away.

View social media post: https://twitter.com/fisalpine/status/1491223621573890048

 

6:30 p.m. ET – Run 1 start List released

FULL START LIST – WOMEN'S SLALOM RUN 1

Notable Participants – Women's Slalom
Bib # Athlete
2 Petra Vlhova (SVK)
4 Michelle Gisin (SUI)
7 Mikaela Shiffrin (USA)
12 Sara Hector (SWE)
13 Paula Moltzan (USA)
31 Federica Brignone (ITA)
40 Katie Hensien (USA)
44 AJ Hurt (USA)