Mikaela Shiffrin has not decided whether or not she’ll be skiing in her last three alpine events in Beijing.
The three-time Olympic medalist skied out in her first two events, giant slalom and slalom, in a span of three days. After skiing out of slalom, Shiffrin was visibly upset.
In her post-race interview on NBC, she said that the results of the past two races have her “processing a lot.”
“It makes me second-guess the last 15 years, everything I thought I knew about my own skiing and slalom and racing mentality,” Shiffrin said.
While she will try to re-set, Shiffrin recognizes that this is new territory for her. Since winning the 2014 Olympic Games slalom, she’s won 47 World Cup races – more than any other alpine racer, male or female.
When speaking with reporters after her last race, revealed that she may not compete in the rest of her events in Beijing.
“I will try to re-set again, maybe try to re-set better this time but I also don’t know how to do better because I just don’t,” she said. “I have never been in this position before and I don’t know how to handle it.
“The hill and the ski track looks pretty incredible and I think it will be a pleasure to ski, but I also have some teammates who are really fast and we have the athletes who can fill the spaces, so if I am going to ski out on the fifth gate, what’s the point?”