Mikaela Shiffrin becomes the first American since 2011 to fail to finish two successive technical event races in the Olympics.
Mikaela Shiffrin, the six-time World Champion and two time Olympic Champion is having nightmare in Beijing Winter Olympics 2022. After crashing out from Giant Slalom on the firsthis medal win. run, the American skied out on thefirst run of the Slalom event. Thus, Shiffrin has crashed out of two events in the first Olympics since her father, Jeff Shiffrin, died suddenly from an accident in February 2020. After her second Did Not Finish run, Shiffrin said, “It does give me perspective but right now, I would really like to call him. He would probably tell me to get over it, but he’s not here to say that, so on top of everything else I am pretty angry at him too.”
In the event, Petra Vlhova of Slovakia, a six-time world champion medallist, won the Olympic gold by 0.08sec only hours. Vlhova was 0.72sec back in eighth after the first run, but the 26-year-oldshe surged into gold-medal position after a masterful second descent down the steep technical course known as the Ice River with a combined time of 1min 44.98sec. “Honestly, it was really difficult to be calm and focused on my skiing. I gave everything I had and at the end I am Olympic champion.”
Birk Ruud of Norway won the Men’s Freeski Big Air in his Winter Olympics debut surpassing USA’s Colby Stevenson who took silver and Sweden’s Henrik Harlaut who won bronze. Ruud scored a total of 187.75.
Germany’s Tobias Wendl and Tobias Arlt made history by becoming the first luge doubles team to win three consecutive Winter Olympic gold medals. It is the fifth Olympic gold medal for the pair who have been competing since they were 13. Germany’s Toni Eggert and Sascha Benecken came second while the third spot went to Thomas Steu and Lorenz Koller of Austria.
Germany won another gold on Day 5 when Vinzenz Geiger secured his top spot in Nordic Combined rallying from a 1.26 second deficit to cross the finish line first in a 10K cross-country race. Joergen Graabak of Norway who finished eight-tenths of a second behind, won silver while Lukas Greiderer of Austria earned bronze.
Hwang Dae-heon of South Korea won gold in the Men’s 1,500 meter Short Track Speed Skating at the Beijing Winter Olympics. Hwang,who was placed 14th at the 2018 PyeongChang Games, was elated after his win. He said, “I can’t find words for my feeling right now. It was the most intense race ever. I am really proud of myself, accomplishing gold in such a race. I am especially proud for being able to add another medal for my country. What a beautiful day.”
Linddsey Jacobellis won Women’s Snowboard Cross to clinch Team USA’s first gold of Beijing 2022 and her elusive gold medal in her fifth Olympics. As per report, Jacobellis is the second US athlete to win a Winter Olympics medal at least 16 years after her first.
There was an inspirational run on Day 5. Colby Stevenson of US won silver at the Men’s Freeski Big Air competition six years after he nearly died in a car accident. Stevenson suffered a fractured skull, ribs, an eye socket, jaw and neck in the accident. He underwent two major surgeries with uncertainty on his walking. But Stevenson revived and started sking just five months after the crash. “I’ve never been in such a grateful state and just so full of love, I guess, for the sport,” he told after his medal win.