Mikaela Shiffrin: five medals at same Olympics may be unachievable

American skiing superstar Mikaela Shiffrin says her dream of winning five gold medals in the same Winter Olympics may...

Posted: Feb 25, 2018 9:04 AM
Updated: Feb 25, 2018 9:04 AM

American skiing superstar Mikaela Shiffrin says her dream of winning five gold medals in the same Winter Olympics may be impossible to achieve.

The 22-year-old said she was "over the moon" after winning two medals -- one gold and one silver - at the 2018 Olympics in Pyeongchang.

Shiffrin had been tipped to win five alpine skiing medals

American leaves Pyeongchang with one gold and one silver

Wind wreaked havoc with schedule

Shiffrin looked strong when she won the giant slalom but was dethroned as Olympic champion a day later in her favorite event, the slalom, finishing fourth after bad weather resulted in a compacted schedule.

And now Shiffrin, one of the best skiers of her generation, doubts the feasibility of winning all five individual golds -- a dream born after her breakthrough triumph as an 18-year-old in Sochi.

"I don't know if that's possible," Shiffrin told CNN. "It's a really difficult thing to do, that's for sure."

'Three medals at best'

Shiffrin, the overall World Cup leader and three-time slalom world champion, looked on track to win multiple golds with a commanding first triumph in the giant slalom in Pyeongchang.

After faltering in the slalom she rebounded to win silver in the combined event, but her form, confidence and the disruption caused by strong winds put paid to any record-breaking feats.

"Let's say that everything here worked out perfectly, the schedule went off without a hitch, no wind, none of that, those kinds of factors, I think the most I could have walked away from this Olympics was three medals, not necessarily all gold," Shiffrin said.

"I was not at the level, with either downhill or super-G, to be a real medal threat, even given my results this season and last season in speed events. It was nice to dream about, but it wasn't there.

"So, to have two medals, for me, that's a huge success, especially with the weather conditions."

Croatia's Janica Kostelic is the only woman to have won three skiing golds at a single Games, at Salt Lake City in 2002.

READ: The team behind Mikaela Shiffrin

'Mentally exhausting'

Dominant in slalom and vastly improved in the speed events of late, Shiffrin was a teenage ski prodigy who competed in her first World Cup at the age of 15.

She has now won has won 41 World Cup races from 128 starts, including five events in January.

But when the Pyeongchang winds blew the schedule off course, Shiffin found the process mentally exhausting.

"My giant slalom event was postponed and my slalom was postponed and then we went back to the GS," she said.

"Basically, we were race ready to go five or six days in a row and then the slalom came that last day and it was just an incredible period of time," she said.

"I was so tired for that slalom and...I have to be, like, energized to deal with the mental stress of competing and to hold back, to kind of choke it down..."

READ: Mikaela Shiffrin: training an Olympic champion

Shiffrin will be 26 when the Beijing Games begin in 2022 and said she will reassess her original dream.

"With four more years under my belt, I'll have definitely a different perspective on how to manage the stress of the Olympics as well," she said. "(So) we'll see."

Indiana Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Confirmed Cases: 32078

Reported Deaths: 2004
CountyConfirmedDeaths
Marion9268539
Lake3320168
Cass15826
Allen130966
St. Joseph120534
Hendricks113067
Hamilton111592
Johnson1086104
Elkhart105728
Madison58258
Porter49021
Bartholomew48133
Clark46138
LaPorte41522
Tippecanoe3753
Jackson3671
Howard36519
Delaware35735
Hancock32127
Shelby31521
Floyd31438
Boone28835
Morgan26224
Vanderburgh2482
Montgomery23117
White2268
Decatur22431
Clinton2221
Grant19121
Noble18921
Harrison18721
Dubois1852
Greene16724
Warrick16426
Dearborn16421
Henry1619
Monroe16011
Vigo1477
Lawrence14423
Miami1391
Putnam1337
Jennings1274
Orange12422
Scott1183
Ripley1126
Franklin1068
Kosciusko941
Carroll922
Daviess8216
Steuben802
Marshall761
Newton7410
Wabash722
Wayne715
Fayette684
LaGrange602
Jasper581
Washington521
Fulton471
Rush452
Jay440
Randolph433
Jefferson411
Whitley402
Pulaski390
Clay391
Owen341
Brown331
Sullivan321
Starke313
DeKalb311
Perry260
Huntington262
Knox250
Tipton251
Benton250
Wells240
Crawford230
Blackford211
Switzerland190
Fountain182
Spencer171
Posey170
Parke170
Gibson142
Ohio130
Warren121
Adams121
Vermillion90
Martin90
Union80
Pike60
Unassigned0154
West Lafayette
Broken Clouds
82° wxIcon
Hi: 85° Lo: 67°
Feels Like: 84°
Kokomo
Overcast
79° wxIcon
Hi: 82° Lo: 65°
Feels Like: 81°
Rensselaer
Overcast
79° wxIcon
Hi: 83° Lo: 64°
Feels Like: 81°
Fowler
Overcast
79° wxIcon
Hi: 82° Lo: 65°
Feels Like: 81°
Williamsport
Clear
79° wxIcon
Hi: 82° Lo: 66°
Feels Like: 81°
Crawfordsville
Broken Clouds
75° wxIcon
Hi: 79° Lo: 66°
Feels Like: 75°
Frankfort
Broken Clouds
80° wxIcon
Hi: 82° Lo: 66°
Feels Like: 82°
Delphi
Overcast
79° wxIcon
Hi: 72° Lo: 66°
Feels Like: 81°
Monticello
Overcast
79° wxIcon
Hi: 84° Lo: 65°
Feels Like: 81°
Logansport
Overcast
81° wxIcon
Hi: 84° Lo: 64°
Feels Like: 82°
Cooler, less humid weather ahead by the weekend.
WLFI Radar
WLFI Temps
WLFI Planner

COVID-19 Important links and resources

As the spread of COVID-19, or as it's more commonly known as the coronavirus continues, this page will serve as your one-stop for the resources you need to stay informed and to keep you and your family safe. CLICK HERE

Closings related to the prevention of the COVID-19 can be found on our Closings page.

Community Events