Mikaela Shiffrin completed the super-G on Thursday, finishing ninth in the race with a time of 1:14.30. It was her third event of the Beijing Olympics after having not finished in the giant slalom or slalom, her two best events.
“I think today I proved to myself that I can still trust my instincts a bit,” Shiffrin told NBC after the race. “And that’s really, really huge.”
Switzerland’s Lara Gut-Behrami won gold, while Mirjam Puchner and Michelle Gisin took home silver and bronze, respectively.
“I feel a lot more positive and a little bit of relief after skiing the super-G to know that it’s not so difficult,” Shiffrin continued. “Good skiing is good skiing. And I can really go for that. So I don’t know, I feel a lot more optimistic right now.”
There had been doubts over whether or not Shiffrin would compete in the super-G after the result of her previous two races. But after a good practice she said she was grateful to have the opportunity to “refocus” on super-G, which she called “fun.”
Following the super-G, Shiffrin revealed that she is planning on competing in the remaining alpine events – downhill and combined. She earned a silver medal in combined at the 2018 Olympics.