Mikaela Shiffrin has no answers after third DNF at Olympics

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Mikaela Shiffrin’s Olympic hardships continued Thursday, as she registered her third “Did Not Finish” of the Winter Games.

The American skier crashed out of her two best events, the slalom and the giant slalom, to start in Beijing before finishing 18th in the downhill event.

Shiffrin was fifth on the leaderboard after a successful downhill leg to start Thursday’s combined competition, but skied out of the slalom portion of the race at the tenth gate.

Switzerland’s Michelle Gisin took home gold in the combined, with fellow countrywoman Wendy Holdener capturing silver and Italy’s Federica Brignone clinching the bronze.

“I don’t really understand it, and I’m not sure when I’m going to have much of an explanation. I can’t explain to you how frustrated I am to not know what I can learn from today,” Shiffrin said after the race.

It wasn’t all dismal for the 26-year-old, though, with Shiffrin, telling NBC, “There was so much positive that’s happened in the last couple weeks,” pointing to some bright spots in her skiing.

Later on Thursday, Shiffrin took to social media to share an inspirational message about her decision to keep getting up, even after falling on her sport’s biggest stage.

“Why do I keep coming back? Gosh knows it hurts more than it feels good lately,” writes Shiffrin. “I came back because those first 9 turns today were spectacular, really heaven.”

Shiffrin will return to the slopes on Saturday in the mixed team event, joining Petra Vlhova as only the second woman to enter six Alpine Olympic skiing events at a single Winter Games.